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Area colleges’ graduation ceremonies to begin this weekend

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.

College graduation ceremonies for schools in the Wichita area begin this weekend.

Newman University and Friends University will hold commencement exercises this weekend.

Here are the commencement schedules for the area’s colleges and universities:

Newman University

Newman will award degrees to 30 candidates for associate’s degrees, 224 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 160 candidates for master’s degrees at its commencement ceremony, set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple.

Joan Melzer, an associate professor of nursing, will speak. She is the recipient of the 2013 Newman University Teaching Excellence Award.

Newman also will confer honorary degrees on Kathy and Patrick O’Shaughnessy, both long-time supporters of the university.

The school also will hold pinning ceremonies for its nursing graduates at 5 p.m. Friday and its occupational therapy assistant graduates at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both will take place at Performance Hall, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus.

A Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Chapel on the Newman campus.

Newman will livestream its commencement at http://newmanu.edu/live-events.

Friends University

About 600 students at Friends are expected to participate in commencement exercises, which are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman. Approximately 800 students are eligible for graduation this May, the school’s website said.

About 70 graduates from the school’s Topeka Center were honored last Sunday in a Topeka graduation ceremony.

Trolleys will run every 15 minutes from the Casado Campus Center on the Friends campus to Intrust Bank Arena for the commencement ceremony. Doors at Intrust Bank Arena will open at noon. Arena guidelines require that all arena patrons are subject to search.

The commencement will be livestreamed at friends.edu/commencement-live. Friends and family can Tweet congratulations to graduates, which will be shown on the video board at the arena, using the hashtag: #FriendsUGrads.

Wichita State University

More than 2,300 students are eligible to participate in WSU’s 116th spring commencement ceremonies May 16-17 at Koch Arena, according to the school’s website.

The Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will hold its commencement at 3 p.m. May 16. The commencement speaker will be Gene H. Zaid, founder and chief executive officer of of Jacam Chemicals.

The College of Health Professions will hold its commencement the same day, beginning at 7 p.m. Rear Admiral Epifanio Elizondo, Regional Health Administrator for Region VI for the U.S. Public Health Service, will be the speaker.

On May 17, four different colleges at WSU will hold commencement ceremonies.

At 8 a.m., the College of Engineering will hold its graduation. The speaker will be Robert Marley, vice president of Student Success at Montana State University.

The College of Education will hold commencement at 11 a.m. Chase Curtiss, chief executive officer and founder of Sway Medical, will speak.

Brian Heinrichs, chief financial officer at Intrust Bank, will be the commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies for the W. Frank Barton School of Business. The event begins at 2 p.m.

Finally, at 4:30 p.m., the College of Fine Arts will hold its graduation. The speaker will be actor Ray Wills.

Shuttle service will run on WSU’s campus only on May 16. Information about parking and the shuttle service can be found at www.wichita.edu/parking.

Commencement will be livestreamed at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=mrcweb2&p=/streaming/commencement.

Butler County

Commencement is scheduled for May 17 in the Butler Community College Gymnasium in El Dorado, according to a news release from the school.

The Associate in Arts/Associate in Applied Science/Certificate ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. It will be followed by the Associate in Science/Associate in General Studies/GED ceremony at 1 p.m. Each ceremony will last about 90 minutes.

Anyone needing special accommodations should contact Teresa Eastman in Disability Services at 316-733-3321 or 316-322-3321.

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