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APSU hits historic high in number of grads for spring Commencement

Austin Peay State Universitys Spring 2006 Commencement is one for the history books. With almost 900 candidates for graduation, the event marks the largest number of graduates ever for one Commencement ceremony at APSU.

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 next year, with the addition of a summer Commencement in August 2007.
Austin Peay State University's Spring 2006 Commencement is one for the history books. With almost 900 candidates for graduation, the event marks the largest number of graduates ever for one Commencement ceremony at APSU.

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 next year, with the addition of a summer Commencement in August 2007.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president, said, “For our May 5 Commencement, we want to honor our students and faculty and focus on their many achievements.

“As always, we will present the top two student awards, the Drane Award and the Harvill-Civitan Award, both of which are selected by faculty. In addition, this year there will be a video presentation to recognize other students and faculty who received awards at special ceremonies held earlier in the semester.”

Another historical first, according to Hoppe, will be a recognition of the inaugural recipient of the APSU Distinguished High School Teacher Award, Connie Baggett, an APSU alumna who teaches at Stewart County High School. Baggett was nominated by her former student, April Cheatham, one of Austin Peay's May 2006 graduates.

Because of this year's special focus on students and faculty, the recognition of the first recipient of the Distinguished High School Teacher Award and the large number of graduates receiving diplomas on May 5, there will be no guest speaker. — Dennie B. Burke