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Winter Commencement set for
Saturday, Dec. 13, at Convocation Center
Dec. 9, 2008 --
University in Jonesboro will hold winter commencement ceremonies
Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
Author Clay S. Jenkinson of Bismarck, N.D., is the featured speaker.
Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author, and social commentator who
has devoted most of his
professional career to public humanities programs and is considered
one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United
The afternoon ceremony will include all colleges.
ASU chancellor Dr. Robert L. Potts will present the diplomas.
Daniel Rickman of Bono is the student speaker. Rickman is a senior
receiving a bachelor of science degree in marketing. He is graduating
summa cum laude.
The Registrar’s Office has listed 691 students as candidates for degrees
at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Of that number, 158 are
graduate degrees, and 516 are undergraduate degrees. There are six
doctoral degrees and 11 specialist degrees.
Jenkinson is one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas
Jefferson and has lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in forty-nine
states over a period of 15 years. Jenkinson also portrays Meriwether
Lewis, John Wesley Powell, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Theodore Roosevelt.
He has performed before Supreme Court justices, presidents, 18 state
legislatures, and countless public, corporate and student audiences as
well as appearing on The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, The Colbert
Report and CNN.
He is the recipient of one of the first
five Charles Frankel Prizes, the National Endowment for the Humanities’
highest award (now called the National Humanities Medal), from President
George H. Bush and was the first public humanities scholar to present a
program at a White House-sponsored event when he presented Thomas
Jefferson for a gathering hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton. When
award-winning humanities documentary producer Ken Burns turned his
attention to Thomas Jefferson, he asked Jenkinson to be the major
humanities commentator on that film and others that followed.
A reception for
all graduates, their guests, and faculty and staff will be held on the
north mezzanine of the Convocation Center, between the blue entrance and
the green entrances, following the commencement ceremony.
All faculty, staff, graduates, and their friends and
families are invited to attend.