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Appalachian State University’s Commencement is May 13 and 14

carrol.jpgBOONE–A retired Army general, a theme-park CEO, an education leader for the University of North Carolina and a TV news anchor turned writer are among the speakers Appalachian State University graduates will hear during commencement May 13 and 14. The university’s six colleges and schools each hold individual ceremonies.

Approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 300 graduate students have applied to graduate.

A video presentation produced by professor Jeff Fletcher will be shown to College of Education graduates May 13. The college’s ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Farthing Auditorium.

Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. May 13 in the Broyhill Music Center for School of Music graduates. Dr. John E. Thomas, chancellor emeritus of Appalachian State University will be guest speaker.

Graduates from the College of Fine and Applied Arts will participate in 4 p.m. ceremonies May 13 in Varsity Gym. Retired Army Gen. William W. Hartzog, a 1974 graduate of Appalachian, will be the speaker.

Dr. Roy Carroll will address College of Arts and Sciences graduates May 14 at 10 a.m. in Varsity Gym. Carroll is the senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs for the University of North Carolina General Administration. He served as professor and chairman of Appalachian’s Department of History from 1969 to 1979.

Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. May 14 in Farthing Auditorium for the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. Writer and former Charlotte news anchor Robert “Bob” Inman will speak. Inman is the author of several works of Southern fiction including “Old Dogs and Children” and “Dairy Queen Days.”

The Walker College of Business holds commencement May 14 at 4 p.m. in Varsity Gym. William C. Reynolds, president and CEO of Cypress Gardens will speak. Located in Winter Haven, Fla., the 200-acre tropical theme park is noted for its beautiful plants and flowers, and for its world-famous water-skiers.