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Record number of grads to earn diplomas from APSU in May

It might seem a little more crowded than usual during this Mays Austin Peay State University Commencement Ceremony.

Thats because the families and friends of a record 824 graduates may be packing into the Dunn Center on May 8 to witness the event.

This is so far the largest class weve had, Telaina Wrigley, registrar for the University, said. I think its a positive sign because it seems like we have more students completing their degree requirements and graduating.
It might seem a little more crowded than usual during this May's Austin Peay State University Commencement Ceremony.

That's because the families and friends of a record 824 graduates may be packing into the Dunn Center on May 8 to witness the event.

“This is so far the largest class we've had,” Telaina Wrigley, registrar for the University, said. “I think it's a positive sign because it seems like we have more students completing their degree requirements and graduating.”

Last year, the University also saw an increase, when about 750 students received diplomas during the May commencement. This trend of large graduating classes led APSU a few years ago to split its commencement into two separate ceremonies.

At 10 a.m., Friday, May 8, graduates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management will participate in the ceremony.

Then, at 2 p.m., graduates from the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences will have their commencement exercises.

Students are encouraged to register to participate in the graduation ceremony, but Wrigley said they wouldn't keep anyone from walking across the stage.

“If a student shows up that day and wants to walk, we let them walk, and we call their name,” she said.

For more information, contact Wrigley at the Office of the Registrar at 931-221-7121 or at wrigleyt@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth