Degrees will be conferred upon the Spring 2006 graduates of Colorado State University during ceremonies on May 12 and 13. Diplomas will be awarded to 3,334 undergraduate baccalaureate degree candidates and 935 graduate degree candidates, including 133 professional doctorates of veterinary medicine degree candidates and 140 doctoral candidates.
Business visionary, women’s advocate and civic leader Stephanie Allen is among the list of commencement guest speakers. Allen, who is characterized by a lifelong commitment to the women of Colorado, is known internationally for her work to advance and retain corporate women. She was the first woman recipient of the prestigious Dan Ritchie Award for Ethics in Business and was initiated into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005. Allen will speak at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Moby Arena at the College of Business commencement ceremony.
Richard McConnell, former president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, the world’s largest seed company, will address College of Agricultural Sciences graduates at noon on Saturday, May 13, in Moby Arena. McConnell, a Colorado State 1972 graduate, is an expert in plant genetics and a native of Haxton, Colo. Under his leadership, Pioneer has provided goods to farmers in more than 70 countries and has developed technology to support international agricultural markets.
Former ski racer Daniel Stiles will address the College of Engineering graduates at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 12, at Moby Arena. Stiles, a Colorado State graduate, served as president of the Associated Students of Colorado State University while pursing an undergraduate degree in civil engineering. He has served as a special assistant to the U. S. Secretary of Transportation and as national traveling press coordinator for Al Gore’s presidential campaign and as a counsel for Ken Salazar’s U. S. Senate campaign. He’s currently an attorney with Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C. and serves as a member of the state’s Education Task Force for Colorado Lawyers Committee, which focuses on ensuring adequate funding for public education in Colorado.
Warner College of National Resources is hosting guest speaker John Gordon, chairman of Interforest and founder of Candlewood Timber Group. Gordon is a Pinchot professor emeritus at Yale, where he was dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. An expert in sustainable forestry and forest policy, management and leadership, he has experience as a consultant in India, Pakistan, China, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Finland and Scotland.
Other speakers during the commencement ceremonies include numerous faculty and staff.
Following is a list of times, dates and places for commencement ceremonies.
Friday, May 12
– Professional Veterinary Medicine – 8 a.m., Moby Arena. Dr. Kristy Dowers, assistant professor of Clinical Sciences, is the commencement speaker. Hank Gardner, interim vice president for research, will confer the degrees.
– Air Force ROTC Commissioning – 8:30 a.m., Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. The ceremony will commission 25 ROTC degree candidates.
– Army ROTC Commissioning – 9 a.m., Lory Student Center Theatre. The ceremony will commission nine ROTC degree candidates.
– College of Engineering – 11:30 a.m., Moby Arena. Daniel Stiles, an attorney with Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., will give the commencement address. Vice Provost Tom Gorell will confer degrees.
– Graduate School – 3:30 p.m., Moby Arena. President Larry Edward Penley will confer degrees and give the charge to the class. Joseph Blake, member of the Board of Governors, will provide concluding remarks.
– College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – 7:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. Carol Blair, professor of microbiology, immunology and pathology, is the commencement speaker. Vice Provost Tom Gorell will confer degrees.
– College of Applied Human Sciences – 7:30 p.m., Moby Arena. Provost and Senior Vice President Anthony Frank will confer degrees. David Greene, associate professor of occupational therapy, will give the charge to the class.
Saturday, May 13
– College of Natural Sciences – 8 a.m., Moby Arena. Linda Kuk, vice president for Student Affairs, will address the graduates and confer degrees.
– Warner College of Natural Resources – 9 a.m. Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. John Gordon, chairman of Interforest and founder of Candlewood Timber Group, will address graduates. Joyce Berry, vice president for Development and Advancement, will confer degrees.
– College of Agricultural Sciences – noon, Moby Arena. Richard McConnell, former president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, will give the commencement address. Keith Ickes, vice president for Administrative Services, will confer degrees and give the charge to the class.
– College of Business – 3:30 p.m., Moby Arena. Stephanie Allen, women’s advocate and civic leader, will give the commencement address. Doug Jones, member of the Board of Governors, will confer degrees.
– College of Liberal Arts – 7:30 p.m., Moby Arena. Ann Gill, dean, will give the charge to the class. Peter Dorhout, vice provost for Graduate Studies, will confer degrees.