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603 graduates across Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka to be honored.

By: Katie Bausler

2013 graduates

Commencement ceremonies take place Friday May 1-Sunday May 3. This year UAS honors 603 graduates from the Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses with 693 associates, bachelors and masters degrees as well as occupational endorsements, certificates, and licensures. Programs with the most graduates include Business Administration, Elementary Education, Bachelor of Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Studies and Health Science. Nearly 12% of UAS graduates are Alaska Native/American Indian. The gender breakdown of the graduating class is 63.8% women and 36.2% men

The Sitka Campus will hold its commencement exercises 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 at the Odess Theater in Allen Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. Commencement speaker Teri Rofkar, an internationally known Tlingit artist from Sitka, will be presented with an honorary doctor of fine arts degree. A cultural dance will incorporate a dozen of the Raven’s-tail robes woven by Rofkar. The faculty speaker is Dr. Paul Bahna. Graduating Health Information Management student Rachel Prochnow will offer her reflections. Eighty-five percent of Sitka students study via e-Learning. Approximately three dozen local students are receiving diplomas, certificates, and occupational endorsements.

The 2015 commencement ceremony for University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Ketchikan students will be held Saturday, May 2 at 3:00 PM at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Thirty-nine students are receiving degrees. University of Alaska students living in Ketchikan and receiving degrees from other University of Alaska campuses are invited to participate in the local ceremony. This year’s commencement keynote speaker is Doug Ward, Director of Shipyard Development at Vigor Alaska.

The Native & Rural Student Center is hosting the annual Alaska Native Graduation Celebration in the Mourant Café’ Saturday, May 2 at 3 p.m on the Auke Lake campus in Juneau.

The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus celebrates the 44th annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m. at the Charles Gamble Jr.-Donald Sperl Joint Use Facility (Rec Center). Juneau philanthropist Bill Corbus will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Andre Bunton is the student speaker and will also sing the national anthem. Bunton is the outstanding graduate in mathematics for his exemplary academic record and participation in a summer intensive research experience that resulted in an award-winning presentation at a national mathematics conference. The commencement speaker is Alaska Air Group Chief Executive Officer Brad Tilden, who was named one of the Top 50 People in Business by Fortune in 2014.


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