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UAS Commencement Ceremonies

University of Alaska Southeast commencement ceremonies are set for the first weekend in May.


As of April 21, 110 students have indicated they will participate in the Juneau campus ceremony. Katie Hurley is the speaker for the Juneau ceremony. Hurley was the first woman to win a statewide nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 1978. She also served as the chief clerk of the Alaska Constitutional Convention and as assistant to Governors Ernest Gruening and Bill Egan. Hurley is the 1995 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from UAS.

At the Sunday May 3 ceremony in Juneau, Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees will be conferred on Laraine Derr and Marlene Johnson. Derr is the current owner of Chez Alaska Cooking School and a community and civic volunteer. She is a former CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, UAS School of Business Dean and Commissioner of Revenue. Johnson is current Huna Heritage Foundation board chair and former chairman of the Sealaska Corporation and the Rural Alaska Community Action program. The student speaker is B.A. Social Science (emphasis: History) graduate Forest Kvasnikoff. Forest is a PITAAS scholarship recipient and plans to teach in rural Alaska. Regents William Andrews (UAS ’08) and Kent Fischer of Juneau will be in attendance.

The ceremony is at 2 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. A “robe room” will be available an hour in advance for attending faculty. All are invited to a reception at the Mourant cafeteria immediately following the ceremony.


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