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APSU reports 875 degree candidates for Spring Commencement May 7

Austin Peay State University will send off 875 candidates for degrees during dual Spring Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 7 in the Dunn Center.

The Hon. John W. McClarty (71), judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals Eastern Section, will be the keynote speaker at both events, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in the Dunn Center.

Of the 875 degree candidates, 746 of them have indicated they will participate in the 81st Spring Commencement, according to figures from the APSU Office of the Registrar.
Austin Peay State University will send off 875 candidates for degrees during dual Spring Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 7 in the Dunn Center.

The Hon. John W. McClarty ('71), judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals Eastern Section, will be the keynote speaker at both events, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in the Dunn Center.

Of the 875 degree candidates, 746 of them have indicated they will participate in the 81st Spring Commencement, according to figures from the APSU Office of the Registrar.

At 10 a.m., Friday, May 7, students slated to earn degrees from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management will participate in commencement. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for guests.

At 2 p.m., the candidates for degrees from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Business and College of Education will have commencement exercises. Doors will open for guests at 1 p.m.

Students who have filed for graduate degrees will participate in the commencement ceremony for the college that houses the academic program. For instance, if a student is on schedule to receive a Master of Arts in communication arts, the student would participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony with the College of Arts and Letters because the APSU Department of Communication belongs to that college.

Having two graduation ceremonies is a significant milestone for APSU and is a result of the continued increase in the University's number of graduates over the past few years. This growth has made it very challenging to accommodate properly all of the degree candidates, faculty and guests in a single ceremony.

APSU will offer a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available on the University's homepage within 24 hours of each ceremony. The free Windows Media Player will be required in order to view successfully the webcast. Both ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Charter 99 and Clarksville Department of Electricity Lightband 9.

For more information about commencement exercises, contact the Office of the Registrar by telephone at (931) 221-7121, or visit the APSU Web page at http://www.apsu.edu/Commencement/. -- Melony Shemberger