UW-Stout News Story

Nearly 1,300 to receive diplomas; two will receive honorary degrees

May 7, 2012

University of Wisconsin-Stout will issue its first honorary degrees in nine years Saturday as nearly 1,300 students receive their undergraduate and graduate diplomas in commencement ceremonies at Johnson Fieldhouse.

Dwight and Linda Davis, UW-Stout graduates, will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. A total of 1,275 students will receive degrees, including 216 graduate degrees.

Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The morning ceremony will be for graduates from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Management and the Graduate School. The afternoon ceremony will be for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Graduate School.

Provost Julie Furst-Bowe will preside over the ceremonies. This will be her last graduation ceremony at UW-Stout; she will become chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville July 1.

Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen will give a short address to graduates before introducing Dwight and Linda Davis. Dwight Davis will address the graduates. Sorensen will confer the honorary degrees and then confer degrees on graduating students.

Mark Parsons, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing, will welcome the new graduates to the Stout Alumni Association.

Music will be provided by the university band, directed by Aaron Durst. Choral selections will be performed by the Stout Symphonic Singers, directed by Patrick Liebergen.

Doors open 45 minutes before each ceremony. Graduates should arrive at least 45 minutes before their ceremony. Each program is expected to last about two hours.

Receptions will immediately follow in the Multipurpose room in the lower level of the Sports and Fitness Center. All graduates and guests are welcome.

Tickets are required for ages 3 and older. Graduates each will receive five tickets.

The ceremony also can be viewed on a closed circuit projection screen in the Terrace Café of the Memorial Student Center, or via live feed from the UW-Stout commencement website.

Parking will be available in any UW-Stout lot.

For more information, go to the website or contact Commencement Coordinator Tiffani Taggart at 715-232-2793 or commencement@uwstout.edu.

Spring graduation by the numbers

Total spring and summer graduation applicants, 1,275

Undergraduate, 83 percent

Graduate, 17 percent

Male, 48 percent

Female, 52 percent

Students of color, 10 percent

Undergraduate age range, 20-60

Undergraduate median age, 23

Graduate age range, 23-62

Graduate median age, 30

Most popular undergraduate majors

124   Business administration
101   Hotel, restaurant and tourism management
86   Art
63   Management
49   Construction
46   Human Development and Family Studies
46   Psychology
45   Engineering Technology

Home Country
1,245   United States
7   Nepal
6   China
5   India
5   Saudi Arabia
3   Jamaica
1   Canada
1   Haiti
1   Hong Kong
1   Malaysia

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