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UCM Commencement Ceremonies Take on New Look This Weekend

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 4, 2015) – An annual celebration that is taking on a new look to accommodate growth in graduate numbers, the University of Central Missouri will conduct its 2015 Spring Commencement exercises the weekend of May 8-9 by increasing the number of ceremonies from three to five. Nearly 1,800 students have met graduation requirements for spring semester, and are eligible to participate in events in the Multipurpose Building.

Fred A. Manuele
Fred A. Manuele

Commencement is being expanded this spring to more appropriately honor graduates, and to provide the best hospitality possible for their families and friends in attendance. Although no announcement has been made regarding the Fall 2015 Commencement schedule, graduation festivities this week feature two ceremonies on Friday,May 8 and three on Saturday, May 9. The College of Health, Science, and Technology begins the weekend festivities by honoring its graduate students at 2:30 p.m. and undergraduates at 6:30 p.m.

 The evening event May 8 also includes the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Illinois resident Fred A. Manuele, an author, Certified Safety Professional and a Registered Professional Engineer who serves as president Hazards Limited, a company he formed. He is an active member of the UCM Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board for Safety Sciences, and his participation and insights on the board have been valuable for the programs and students enrolled in them. He has provided free webinars for students and has collaborated on several scholarly endeavors with other advisory board members and UCM faculty. His recent works are significantly impacting the safety profession and challenging old ways of thinking. Additionally, Manuele is
re-defining long-held perceptions about safety and has dedicated his professional life to serving and advancing the profession.

Each ceremony on Saturday includes both undergraduates and graduate students who have met their degree requirements. Ceremonies May 9 are as follows: College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 9 a.m.; College of Education and individuals in the THRIVE (Transformation, Health, Responsibility, Independence, Vocation and Education) program, noon; and Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, 3 p.m.

UCM President Charles Ambrose will present the commencement address at each ceremony, and other university awards will be presented according to the college the award recipient represents. The Charno Award honoring the top citizens of the senior class will recognize the accomplishments of Aubrey Winn, a public relations major from Columbia, at 9 a.m., and Tyler Shepard, an elementary education major from Sedalia, at noon. Also at noon, the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award, the top award presented annually to a UCM faculty member, honor Patricia Antrim.  Antrim has devoted approximately 20 years to UCM, including current service since 2005 as professor and chair of Educational Leadership and Human Development, and since 2002 as coordinator of Library Science and Information Services.

To learn more about Spring 2015 Commencement at UCM, website The site includes information about activities such as receptions and a link to watch the ceremonies via live streaming video.