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Students walking in front of Student Union

May 1, 2014

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Four hundred thirty-four students, 348 undergraduate, 81 graduate, and five associate degree students, will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo University’s spring commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the La Crosse Center.

Barbara Gayle, vice president for academic affairs, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and Samantha Weaver, a management major from Trempealeau, will give the student address. Kathy Duerwachter ’10, Viterbo director of alumni relations, will give the alumni welcome. Viterbo President Rick Artman will confer the degrees and Kent Handel, chair of the Board of Trustees, will provide the congratulatory remarks. Keith Knutson, chair of the faculty council, and fellow faculty member Rick Walters will present the candidates. The diplomas will be awarded by President Artman and Handel. Marie Kyle, FSPA ’60, will lead the Prayer of St. Francis and Fr. Conrad Targonski, OFM, will give the benediction. In a special ceremony, retiring faculty members Lyon Evans, English, Bonnie Nesbitt, nursing, and Ed Wenzel, education will be awarded the title of Professor Emerita/us.

A Baccalaureate Mass will be held that morning at 11 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent. Fr. Targonski will preside at the liturgy.

The nursing pinning ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. The BSN Completion program pinning ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 10 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. A ceremony in which master’s degree candidates receive their academic hoods will be held at 9:45 a.m. May 11 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.


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