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2010 fall commencement ceremony
set for Dec. 18 in Convocation Center

December 13, 2010 -- Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will hold its 2010 fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Interim Chancellor Dr. Dan Howard will confer degrees upon more than 900 graduates.

Brigadier General Joseph Caravalho Jr., a well-decorated surgeon and the Commanding General of Brooke Army Medical Clinic/Southern Regional Medical Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the featured speaker. Brigadier General Caravalho was born and raised in Hawaii, and is a 1975 alumnus of St. Louis High School in Hawaii. In 1979, he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Dr. Caravalho is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College, the latter from which he received a master of strategic studies degree. He is a close friend of Major General Elder Granger, an ASU distinguished alumnus recipient in 2008, who will formally introduce Dr. Caravalho.

 “Commencements are a special time at institutions of higher education as they represent formally a major life event for the students graduating and their families and a time to celebrate sacrifice, hard work, determination, and accomplishment,” said Dr. Howard. “Commencement marks the official demarcation in the transition from one important phase of life to the next and is a time of both reflection upon the past and contemplation of the future. We hope that commencement is attended by the families, friends and supporters of our students to witness this event and to add to its intrinsic value and importance.”

More than 900 graduates, both undergraduate and graduate, will receive degrees, along with 90 students receiving associate degrees. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held on the north mezzanine.  Punch and cookies will be served.

Commencement can be viewed online. A Broadband connection (384k or greater) is required. To view the video stream, Windows users can open the File URL mms:// by using Windows Media Player.  Those using Macintosh computers can use Quicktime and open the File URL at mss:// Windows Media Components for Quicktime (by Flip4Mac) located at will need to be installed.

Pictured:  Brigadier General Joseph Caravalho, Jr.

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