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APSU establishes secondary venue for public to watch Commencement

With a record number of graduates for Spring 2006 Commencement, Austin Peay State University has established a secondary venue for the public to view the ceremony.

APSU expects a full house in the Dunn Center for Commencement at 2 p.m., Friday, May 5. Family and friends who plan to attend the event should arrive early for parking and seating. Early arrivals will be able to view a video highlighting APSU student and faculty award winners.
With a record number of graduates for Spring 2006 Commencement, Austin Peay State University has established a secondary venue for the public to view the ceremony.

APSU expects a full house in the Dunn Center for Commencement at 2 p.m., Friday, May 5. Family and friends who plan to attend the event should arrive early for parking and seating. Early arrivals will be able to view a video highlighting APSU student and faculty award winners.

Spring Commencement activities also will be broadcast live to Clement Auditorium, which provides seating for 576 people. For Commencement ceremonies when some seating cannot be extended for maximum capacity, the Dunn Center has slightly more than 3,600 seats available for family and friends.

Shuttle service will be provided from designated parking lots to the Dunn Center and Clement Auditorium. The shuttles will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until about an hour after the conclusion of the ceremony. The shuttles will loop around Dunn Center, Clement Auditorium and the parking lots at Pettus Park, Eighth Street, the corner of Eighth and Farris streets, and Burt School.

Almost 900 candidates are slated to graduate in an event that 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. — Melony Leazer