Calkins, Zeleny to address December graduates

Dec 13th, 2012 | By | Category: 2012, Campus News, Dec. 13, Issue

Commencement exercises for approximately 1,500 graduates are scheduled at UNL on Dec. 14 and 15.

Graduate commencement exercises, including doctoral hooding, will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 for students earning doctoral and master’s degrees. Undergraduate exercises will begin at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15. Both ceremonies will be at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The College of Law will have a separate hooding and commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Hamann Auditorium of Ross McCollum Hall, East Campus Loop and Fair Street. Harvey Perlman, UNL chancellor, will preside over all three ceremonies.

Chris. R. Calkins, professor of animal science at UNL, will give the address at the graduate ceremony; Jeff Zeleny, the national political correspondent for the New York Times, will give the address at the baccalaureate ceremony; and Judge Michael W. Pirtle of the Nebraska Court of Appeals will give the address at the law ceremony.

Both Zeleny (1996, journalism and political science) and Pirtle (1978, law) are UNL graduates.

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All ceremonies are free and open to the public, and tickets are not required. The ceremonies will be Web-streamed live from the Devaney Center through a link at the UNL website, Parking is free.

Anyone posting to Twitter during the ceremonies is asked to use the hashtag #UNL2012.

— Tom Simons, University Communications

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