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April 28, 2000

Contact:
Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu
Susan Nielsen, ICNE/WSU College of Nursing, 509/324-7372, susann@wsu.edu

WSU to Honor 372 Graduates in Spokane Ceremonies

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State University Spokane will celebrate its tenth -- and largest -- class of graduates when diplomas are handed out Friday, May 5, at WSU’s commencement ceremony in Spokane. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Spokane Opera House, after a march of the faculty, led by bagpipers, west along the Centennial Trail.

The Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education/WSU College of Nursing will also participate in the ceremony. This will be the first commencement to include Gonzaga University, the newest partner in the Spokane nursing consortium.

Sam Smith, retiring Washington State University president, will deliver the commencement address. Jason Hopper-Cruz will deliver the student address. Hopper-Cruz is receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and is a recipient of the WSU President’s Leadership Award for his leadership and service to WSU and the community.

WSU Spokane will honor 200 students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management, engineering management, health policy and administration, nutrition, and speech and hearing sciences, including 67 receiving the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, and 8 receiving the new post-graduate school psychology certification.

The graduation also honors 158 students receiving bachelor’s degrees and 14 receiving master’s degrees in nursing from the ICNE/WSU College of Nursing and its consortium partners Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and Whitworth College.

Seventeen EWU students earning master’s degrees in communication disorders, who have studied in the joint WSU-EWU speech and hearing sciences program, will also go through this commencement ceremony.

Student honors being recognized during the ceremony include:
-- Debbie Anderson, outstanding graduate student, nursing, WSU.

-- Shelley Baldwin, outstanding graduate student, speech and hearing sciences, WSU.

-- Jason Hopper-Cruz, outstanding undergraduate student, nursing, WSU.

-- Kimberly Giovanazzi, Clinical Excellence Award, nursing, WSU/EWU.

-- Lelania Richards, outstanding RN-BSN, nursing, WSU/EWU.

-- Jennifer Shapiro, Clinical Excellence Award, nursing, WSU.

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Notes to photographers and television assignment editors: A colorful faculty march from the Ag Trade Center along the Spokane River to the Opera House breezeway entrance is planned for 1:45-2 p.m. Faculty will be in academic regalia and will be led by two bagpipers from the Angus Scott Pipe Band. A large crowd should be on hand to observe: Bloomsday registrants picking up their packets.

Those receiving master’s degrees and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree receive ceremonial hoods, draped over them by professors in a ritual dating back to medieval times.

A post-commencement reception will be held in the lobby, with Cougar mascot Butch there for pictures with the graduates and their families (approximately 3:45 p.m.).

 

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