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Idaho State University will confer 2,714 degrees and certificates at 2019 Commencement on May 4

April 29, 2019

Students on floor of Holt Arena at 2019 commencement with balloons falling down.
Balloons falling on 2018 graduates.

POCATELLO – A total of 2,553 graduates will receive 2,714 degrees and certificates during Idaho State University spring commencement ceremonies, which will begin at 10 a.m. May 4 in Holt Arena.

One hundred fifty-nine students will receive multiple certificates and/or degrees.

“Commencement marks the culmination of years of determination, hard work and perseverance,” said ISU President Kevin Satterlee. “Our graduating students have received an education that will better their lives and improve the communities in which they reside. I am so proud of their accomplishments and look forward to celebrating their successes.”

The breakdown of graduates includes 38 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, 11 Doctor of Education degrees, four Doctor of Arts degrees, six Doctor of Audiology degrees, 14 Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, 25 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, 78 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, 11 Educational Specialist degrees, 508 master’s degrees, 53 academic certificates, 1,259 bachelor’s degrees, 472 associate degrees, and 235 certificates from the College of Technology.

ISU student Tara Cluff will perform the national anthem. The faculty mace will be placed by the 2019 Distinguished Teacher, Marco Schoen.

Satterlee will greet the audience and confer the degrees.

ISU Executive Vice President and Provost for academic affairs Laura Woodworth-Ney will recognize the distinguished faculty who are Schoen, Distinguished Service Cindy Seiger and Distinguished Researcher Kathleen Lohse.

Associated Students of ISU President Logan Schmidt will deliver remarks. Presentation of graduates will be by the University deans.

Alumni Professional Achievement Award recipients for 2019 are:  Doug Butler,  Dallas, Texas, College of Arts and Letters - Social and Behavioral Sciences; Stefanie Pemper, Annapolis, Maryland, College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities; Brent J. Stacey, Idaho Falls, College of Science and Engineering; Rick K. Eskelson, Pocatello, College of Technology; Dan and Barbara Fuchs, Twin Falls, College of Pharmacy; Kelly Rae, Reno, Nevada, College of Education; Dan Mills, Salt Lake City, College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; Heidi Halverson, Missoula, Montana, College of Health Professions; Joan Agee, Nampa, College of Nursing; Larry Bird, Boise, College of Business;  and Bruce Kusch, Salt Lake City, Graduate School.

Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2019 are Kirby Kinghorn, Idaho Falls, College of Health Professions; Cassandra Smith, Idaho Falls, College of Health Professions – Dental Hygiene; Trager Hintze, Purcell, Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy; Jenna Strop, Boise, College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; Whitney Heuer, Idaho Falls, College of Nursing; Eighdi Aung, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), College of Science and Engineering – Engineering; McKenzie Mangun, Caldwell, College of Science and Engineering – Natural and Physical Science; Brittany Garrett, Riverton, Utah, College of Education; Logan Schmidt, Pocatello, College of Business; Jessica Hamway, Boston, Massachusetts, College of Technology; Rachel Godin, Eagle, College of Arts and Letters – Social and Behavioral Sciences; William Veloso, Meridian and Gold Beach, Oregon, College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities; Alyssa Millard, Merrill, Wisconsin, Graduate School – Masters Recipient; and Omid Heidari, Ghaenshahr, Iran, Graduate School – Doctoral Recipient.

Presentation of graduates will be by the University deans.

The institutional readers are Geoffrey Bennett and Jackie Czerepinski. 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 http://isu.edu/commencement/.

Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral high research activity university and teaching institution founded in 1901, attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU has nine Colleges, a Graduate School and a Division of Health Sciences that together offer more than 250 certificate and degree programs. More than 12,000 students attend ISU. Idaho State University is the state's designated lead institution in health professions.


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