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2009.04.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@unomaha.edu

UNO Commencement May 8 at the Civic

Omaha - More than 1,400 students will graduate Friday, May 8, during the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) spring commencement ceremony.  The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Individuals who will be honored during the ceremony include:

Student Commencement Speaker: Humaira B. Qasimyar
Qasimyar, an Omaha native, will graduate with a bachelor of science in biotechnology and a bachelor of art in religious studies.  This fall, she will begin medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Order of the Tower: The Weitz Family Foundation and Ronald W. Roskens
The Weitz Family Foundation, established in 2001, seeks to support those who advocate its mission of empowering individuals, agencies and organizations that work to improve quality of life and promote an equitable and peaceful society.  Particular interests include education, public housing and the arts.

Roskens has compiled a career of distinction, including service ranging from the field of education to high levels of government.   He is a former UNO chancellor and a former president of the University of Nebraska.

Alumnus Achievement Award: Lloyd E. Roitstein
Roitstein has been scout executive/president of the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America for the past 17 years.  The largest youth-serving agency in Nebraska, the council is among the nation's largest geographically and in number of youth served.  Roitstein has served for 38 years in numerous leadership roles with the Scouts.

For more information, call (402) 554.2358 or (402) 554.2762.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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