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Idaho State University will confer 2,651 degrees and certificates to 2,561 graduates at 2015 commencement on May 9

May 1, 2015
ISU Marketing and Communications

A total of 2,561 graduates will receive 2,651 degrees and certificates during Idaho State University’s spring commencement ceremonies, which will begin at 10 a.m. May 9 in Holt Arena.

Eighty-nine students will receive multiple certificates and/or degrees.

In addition to the presentation of these degrees and certificates, three distinguished faculty members will be acknowledged, 10 alumni will be recognized for their professional achievement, and 12 outstanding students will be recognized.

The breakdown of graduates includes 45 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, seven Doctor of Education degrees, five Doctor of Arts degrees, nine Doctor of Audiology degrees, 27 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, 95 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, eight Educational Specialist degrees, 580 master’s degrees, seven Graduate School certificates, 1,243 bachelor’s degrees, 436 associate degrees, and 189 certificates from the College of Technology.

Faculty members to be recognized with Distinguished Teacher, Service and Researcher awards will be announced.

Professional Achievement Award recipients for 2015 are: David Baumert, College of Technology; Philip LaFleur, College of Science and Engineering – Natural and Physical Sciences; Kendal Ray Tanner, College of Science and Engineering – Engineering; Thana Singarajah, Division of Health Sciences; Blanche Badger Willford, Division of Health Sciences – School of Nursing; Joshua Tolman, College of Arts and Letters, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Jacqueline Royston Thompson, College of Education; Anne Staton Voilleque, College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities; Rod A. Davis, College of Business; and Adrian Michael Wong, College of Pharmacy.

Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2015 are Daniel Shelden, Boise, College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities; Ashley Miller, Pocatello, College of Arts and Letters – Social and Behavioral Sciences; Douglas Walker, Pocatello, College of Science and Engineering – Natural and Physical Sciences; Kyle R. Gagnon, Boise, College of Science and Engineering – Engineering; Rick T. Richardson, Crofton, British Columbia, Graduate School – Masters; E. Scott Lee, Rexburg, Graduate School – Doctoral; Kayla Miller, Boise, College of Education; Jameson Bastow, Twin Falls, College of Business; Jakob P. Meng, Idaho Falls, College of Technology; Lindsey Marie Hunt, Ontario, Oregon, College of Pharmacy; Jennifer K. Brooks, Idaho Falls, Division of Health Sciences; and Madeline Woodhouse, Pocatello, School of Nursing.

ISU student John Punt will perform the national anthem. The faculty mace will be placed by the 2015 Distinguished Teacher. Larry Satterwhite, president of the ISU Alumni Association, will welcome alumni.

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas will greet the audience and confer the degrees. ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura Woodworth-Ney will recognize the distinguished faculty. Associated Students of ISU President Taylor Tingey will deliver remarks. Presentation of graduates will be by the University deans.

The “Alma Mater Hymn” will be performed by an ISU Department of Music student ensemble.

A reception for graduates and their guests will follow the ceremony on the floor of Holt Arena. Interpreting service for people with hearing disabilities will be provided by the Idaho State University Disabilities Services.

Graduates are encouraged to share their memories on social media at #isugrads.

More information on commencement is available online at


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