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EOU gearing up for commencement

EOU photo by Tessa Ortmann / About 458 students are expected to participate in commencement June 14.

EOU gearing up for commencement activities

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu

June 5, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University marks the conclusion of the academic year with its formal Commencement Ceremony Saturday, June 14.

The outdoor event begins at 10 a.m. at the stadium at 6th St. and “G” Ave. on campus and will also be available to view at www.livestream.com/eousports.

Student check-in is at 8 a.m. in Quinn Coliseum. Lineup for faculty is at 9 a.m. in Quinn.

No tickets are necessary to attend and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free parking is available for the day in all campus lots, excluding reserved spaces. Guests should arrive early and bring sunscreen, water and a hat or umbrella.

Approximately 458 students are participating, representing 59 percent of the total number of graduates anticipated this year.

EOU will confer an estimated 689 bachelor’s degrees, 80 master’s degrees, eight certificates and six associate’s degrees, pending completion of final grades for spring and summer terms.

Delivering the commencement keynote is EOU President’s Scholar Sheryln Roberts of La Grande. Roberts is receiving her bachelor’s of science in anthropology and sociology with a concentration in social welfare and a communications minor.

Other scheduled speakers include EOU President Bob Davies and State Board of Higher Education member David Yaden.

Performing the National Anthem is Jacie Sites. Ari Emmanuel and Ariana Bloodgood will sing the Alma Mater.

A reception on the northwest lawn of the stadium follows the conferring of degrees.

Family or guests requiring special seating accommodations for the ceremony should contact the Registrar’s Office at 541-962-3607 or registrar@eou.edu.


Other activities related to commencement begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 12 with Oregon Health & Science University’s Sigma Theta Tau Induction in the Hoke Union Building, Room 339. OHSU will induct 11 students to the International Honor Society of Nursing this year.

Friday morning begins with commencement rehearsal, followed by the 33rd annual OHSU Convocation and Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

At 11 a.m. in Hoke 339, the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Tau Delta will induct 31 students and two faculty members.

EOU’s annual Student Awards Assembly begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday in McKenzie Theatre with a reception to follow in the Loso lobby. A total of 36 awards, including 31 academic honors, will be presented.

Friday at 5 p.m. is a function for off-campus graduates and their families in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall.

Loveland’s Safe Ride Program will provide a designated driver offering free rides within La Grande and Island City from 10 p.m. Saturday, June 14 until 3 a.m. Sunday, June 15. Call 541-963-5022 for a ride or more information.

Additional details and schedules are available at www.eou.edu/commencement.