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Commencement to be held May 9; two ceremonies scheduled
May 5, 2009 --
University in Jonesboro will hold spring commencement in the Convocation
Center on Saturday, May 9, with one ceremony at 10 a.m. and another at
The morning ceremony will include the Colleges of Business, Education,
Fine Arts, Sciences and Mathematics, and University College. The
afternoon ceremony will
include the Colleges of Agriculture and Technology, Communications,
Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Nursing and Health
Professions. Dr. E. Gordon Gee, among the nation’s most highly
experienced and respected university presidents, will address the
graduates at both the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies.
Gee has served as professor and associate dean at Brigham Young
University, Provo, Utah, and was president of West Virginia University
(1981-85) at age 37. After leaving WVU, he was president at the
University of Colorado from 1985-90, and in 1990, he became president of
Ohio State University, serving until 1997. From 1997-2000, he held the
presidency at Brown University. Dr. E. Gordon Gee returned to lead Ohio
State University in 2007, after serving as chancellor of Vanderbilt
University for seven years (2000-07).
Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an
honors degree in history in 1968 and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees
from Columbia University. He clerked for the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of
Appeals before serving as a judicial fellow for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gee returned to Utah as an associate professor in the J. Reuben Clark
Law School at Brigham Young University, where he achieved the rank of
full professor. In 1979, he was named dean of the West Virginia
University Law School, and was appointed to that university’s presidency
two years later.
Gee is the co-author of nine books and numerous papers and articles on
law and education.
Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor of ASU-Jonesboro, will present the
various diplomas. The Office of the Registrar has listed 1,116 students
as candidates for degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
A brief reception for all graduates, their guests,
and faculty and staff will be held on the north mezzanine following each
of the commencement ceremonies. Everyone is invited to attend.