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April 29, 2009

Large graduating class to take part in ceremony


Close to 600 students will be candidates for graduation Saturday, May 9 when Cowley College holds its 86th Commencement exercises.

The Commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. A reception for graduates, family members and friends will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center.

Two hundred and forty five of the students are expected to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Along with the conferring of degrees, college alumnus Mr. Steven Archer will be presented with this year’s Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award. Archer is a 1974 graduate of Cowley.

The featured speaker is Kasha Kelley, Representative for the 79th District of Kansas. Members of Cowley’s faculty also will be recognized, including Scott Layton, who was presented the Paul Stirnaman Award and was also named the 2008 Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning, and Dr. Jafar Hashemi and Rae Dale, who will be honored later this month as Excellence Award recipients at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas.

Members of Cowley’s Student Government Association also will address the class. John Windle, a sophomore communications major from Garnett, served as SGA president during the 2008-2009 academic year. While, Brianna Byers, a sophomore elementary education major from South Haven, served as SGA vice president.

Students listed in the official Commencement program on Saturday, May 9 are candidates for the associate of arts degree, the associate degree of applied science, the associate degree of general studies, the associate degree of science, or the college certificate.

The students include summer 2008 graduates, December 2008 graduates, and May 2009 graduates. Students who graduated last summer and last December have received their diplomas. May 2009 graduates will receive their diplomas in June.

The Sid Regnier Bookstore at 207 W. Fifth Ave. will be open until 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9.