Oliver Walter, the longest-serving College of Arts and Sciences dean in University of Wyoming history, and three women who wore the crown as Miss Wyoming will be among speakers during UW commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11.

Walter, who will retire this summer, has served as dean for 23 years. He will speak during the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony.

The three Miss Wyomings all will speak at the College of Health Sciences ceremony. Alicia Grove won in 2010 while finishing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Catherine Brown, the 2011 winner, was a graduate student in the college’s Division of Communication Disorders. Both Brown and Grove practice at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette. The 2012 Miss Wyoming, Lexie Madden of Torrington, is a student in the college’s Division of Kinesiology and Health.

Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled Saturday, May 11; the College of Law ceremony will be held Saturday, May 18; and the UW/Casper College Center ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 9.

UW is scheduled to accord degrees upon more than 1,750 students, including 1,293 undergraduates, 344 graduate students, 73 College of Law graduates and 41 School of Pharmacy graduates. The largest degree categories are Bachelor of Arts, 537; Bachelor of Science, 418; Master of Science, 137; Bachelor of Science in nursing, 101; and Master of Arts, 90.

The schedule of events for individual college commencement ceremonies, along with key speakers:

Thursday, May, 2

  • 6 p.m. -- African-American and Diaspora Studies, Laramie Train Depot, student speakers Barb Sandick, Cheyenne; Sam Shedden, Sheridan; and Kelly Yeend, Laramie; and faculty speaker Kerry Pimblott.

Thursday, May 9

  • 7:30 p.m. -- UW/Casper College Center graduation ceremonies, Casper Events Center: U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl; Jennifer Forrester, assistant professor of elementary education/educational studies, faculty speaker; and Shona Ross, secondary science education, biology, student speaker.
  • Friday, May 10
  • 3 p.m. -- Multicultural graduation ceremony, UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn: UW President Tom Buchanan and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Oliver Walter.
  • 6 p.m. -- American Indian Studies Program, UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn: Barbara Morris, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fort Lewis College.
  • Saturday, May 11
  • 8:30 a.m. -- College of Health Sciences, Arena-Auditorium, the three Miss Wyomings, Alicia Grove, Catherine Brown and Lexie Madden.
  • 9 a.m. -- College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences auditorium: graduating students Derrek Jerred, Gillette, B.S. in business administration; Libby Stetson, Craig, Colo., M.S. in accounting; and Kasey Watson, Douglas, B.S. in business administration, minors in finance and banking and financial services.
  • 9 a.m. -- College of Education, War Memorial Fieldhouse: former Wyoming first lady Jane Sullivan.
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- President's picnic, Arena-Auditorium concourse.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, War Memorial Fieldhouse: graduating students Kaitlynn Glover, Casper, B.S. in agricultural communication with a minor in international agriculture; and Kelsie Speiser, Casper, M.S. in animal and veterinary sciences.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- College of Arts and Sciences, Arena-Auditorium: retiring Dean Oliver Walter.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- College of Engineering and Applied Science, UW Arts and Sciences auditorium: Dakota Roberson, Rock Springs, Wyoming Engineering Society student engineer of the year; Stacia Burke Slowey, Thornton, Colo., Joint Engineering Council outstanding senior; and husband and wife alumni Mike and Glenda (Catchpole) Thomas.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Convocation, Fine Arts concert hall: Distinguished Alumna Award recipient Karleen Goerke, Glenrock.
  • 6 p.m. -- Army/Air Force ROTC commissioning ceremony, Fine Arts Center concert hall: Maj. Gen. Michael J. Carey, commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, and commander, Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic Command, F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

Saturday, May 18

  • 10 a.m. -- College of Law, Fine Arts concert hall: Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips.

Story and schedule provided by The University of Wyoming.

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