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516 degree candidates to participate in December ceremony

Winter Commencement at Austin Peay State University will feature a greater number of students who are candidates for degrees.

This years ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 in the Dunn Center.

University officials are reporting there are 583 degree candidates, with 516 of those planning to participate in Winter Commencement. Those figures are higher than in December 2005, when 517 students filed for candidacy and 475 participated in the exercises.
Winter Commencement at Austin Peay State University will feature a greater number of students who are candidates for degrees.

This year's ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 in the Dunn Center.

University officials are reporting there are 583 degree candidates, with 516 of those planning to participate in Winter Commencement. Those figures are higher than in December 2005, when 517 students filed for candidacy and 475 participated in the exercises.

The 2006 Winter Commencement will not include a guest speaker, and no faculty or student awards will be presented, officials said.

“We want the focus to be on the students,” said Dr. Margaret Dietrich, chair of the Commencement Committee and professor of education.

The presentation of faculty and student awards will be reserved for honor events in the spring.

Currently, APSU has two Commencement ceremonies a yearin December and May. Because of a rapidly growing enrollment, increased numbers of graduates and limited space in the massive Dunn Center where Commencement is held, APSU will host three graduation ceremonies in 2007, with the addition of a summer Commencement in August.

For more information about commencement exercises, contact the Office of the Registrar by telephone at (931) 221-7121.-- Melony Leazer