updated: 5/11/2010 7:42:37 AM

IU Kokomo to Mark 10,000th Graduate

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Indiana University Kokomo will graduate its 10,000th student during its commencement ceremony today. IU President Michael McRobbie will preside over the campus' 41st commencement exercises. A total of 461 degrees will be conferred.

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Kokomo, Ind. -- Indiana University Kokomo will surpass a significant milestone at its 41st Commencement exercises as the 10,000th graduate from this campus walks across the stage. In all, 461 degrees will be conferred on Tuesday, May 11. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the east side of Virgil and Elizabeth Hunt Hall, with IU President Michael A. McRobbie presiding.

“Our 10,000 graduates have and will continue to make a difference in our communities,” noted Interim Chancellor Stuart Green, who will address the Class of 2010. “They have taken the theories and ideas from the classroom and transformed them into strategies and tactics, plans and actions, to solve the very real problems we face in north central Indiana.

“Their works, their successes, and thus the success and prosperity of our region, is linked directly to the continuing responsiveness, effectiveness, and success of the Kokomo campus,” he said.

IU Kokomo has been celebrating “10,000 Degrees of Excellence” since fall semester in anticipation of this achievement by hosting alumni festivities throughout the region.

The School of Nursing will graduate the most students with 136 receiving their bachelor’s degrees.

The four graduate programs – education, business administration, public management, and liberal studies – will confer a total of 36 master’s degrees.

During Commencement, the IU Kokomo Alumni Association will present the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award to Annette Rush, B.S. ‘78. Rush is being recognized for her dedication to the legal arena as an attorney for the United Auto Workers Legal Services.
If inclement weather forces Commencement exercises inside, two separate ceremonies will take place in Havens Auditorium. The first indoor ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the School of Nursing, Division of Allied Health, Division of Education, and the School of Social Work. The second ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Division of Continuing Studies, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Tickets are required for admission to the indoor ceremonies only. Degree candidates received admission tickets when caps and gowns were delivered in late April. For more details, visit “Countdown to Commencement” at www.iuk.edu/alumni or call (765) 455-9411.
Indiana University Kokomo serves a seven county, primary service area in north central Indiana. The campus offers more than 40 academic programs including four graduate degrees.

Source: Indiana University Kokomo

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