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2,450 KSU students to receive bachelor’s degrees

By Bryan Richardson

The familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” will be heard a lot this weekend during graduation ceremonies of the K-State class of 2012, the university’s 145th class.

K-State will award more than 2,450 bachelor’s degrees, more than 750 master’s, more than 80 doctorates, more than 100 doctor of veterinary medicine degrees and more than 20 associate degrees. Nearly 150 students are earning their degree through K-State distance education.

On Friday, the Graduate School is having its graduation at 1 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. Robert Gates, a native Kansan who served under two U.S. presidents as secretary of defense, will be the speaker and will become the 125th person to receive an honorary doctorate from Kansas State. Gates is the first individual to receive an honorary degree from the university since 1988.

The Veterinary Medicine school graduation will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at McCain Auditorium. Nels Lindberg, a College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus, and Meredyth Jones, clinical assistant professor, will deliver the commencement address.

Also on Friday, K-State’s Army and Air Force ROTC will hold commissioning ceremonies for 32 new U.S. military officers at Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. Speaker for Army portion of the event in the morning will be Brig. Gen. Donald M. MacWillie, senior commander of Fort Riley and deputy commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division.

The Air Force ROTC ceremony will be from 2 to 3 p.m.

Guest speaker will be retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, a 1965 K-State Air Force ROTC alum and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. K-State’s Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall, home to both the Army and Air Force ROTC programs, is named in his honor.

All of the Saturday graduations are at Bramlage Coliseum with the exception of Architecture, Planning and Design. The schedule of ceremonies and the speakers for ceremonies are:

n College of Arts and Sciences at 8:30 a.m., with Kirk Schulz, university president

n College of Architecture, Planning and Design at 10 a.m. at McCain Auditorium, with Randhir Sahni, architect, city builder and director of Llewelyn-Davies Sahni. He received his master’s in architecture from K-State in 1968.

n College of Education at 11 a.m., with Kirk Schulz, university president.

n College of Business Administration at 12:30 p.m., with Terry Matlack, managing director of Tortoise Capital Advisor LLC. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from K-State in 1978.

n College of Agriculture at 2:15 p.m., with Emery Castle, professor emeritus at Oregon State University. Castle received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economic from K-State in 1948 and 1950, respectively.

n College of Human Ecology at 4:15 p.m., with Petros Levis, president of the Human Ecology Alumni Association Board and general manager of Medallion Laboratories, a Division of General Mills Inc. Levis received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in food science from K-State in 1988, 1993 and 1998, respectively.

n College of Engineering at 6:15 p.m., with Byron Jones, the college’s associate dean for research and graduate programs and director of the Engineering Experiment Station.

Excluding the ROTC commissioning ceremonies, a live webcast of the ceremonies will be available at Each ceremony can be re-watched in the website’s commencement archives 36 hours from when it began.

DVDs of the ceremonies may be ordered through the K-State Student Union Bookstore at 800-KSU-CATS (578-2287) or 532-6583.

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