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2011.04.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Commencement Takes Place May 6 at the Civic

Omaha - More than 1,700 students will graduate Friday, May 6, during the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) spring commencement ceremony. This will be the largest commencement in the university’s history. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Individuals who will be honored during the ceremony include:

Student Commencement Speaker: Michael Crabb

Crabb served as the university’s student president/regent during 2010-11. He balanced the duties of his office with being an active member of his fraternity, serving as a Peter Kiewit Institute Diplomat, taking part in UNO’s Emerging Leaders Program and performing on campus and in the community as a singer in “Head on Collision,” an all-male acappella group. Last month, Crabb also received the Senior Vice Chancellor of Leadership Award for his service to the university. He has been honored with the College of Engineering Dean’s Award and the 2010 Robert Bradford Newman Medal for Excellence in Architectural Acoustics.

Alumnus Achievement Award: Katherine English

Katherine English will attend commencement in person.

English earned an MBA from UNO in 1995. She has been Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center since 1993. She joined Children’s in 1991 as vice president of patient care services. During her tenure Children’s has grown dramatically, opening the current hospital structure in 2000 and adding a five-story, 135,000-square-foot Specialty Pediatric Center for outpatient services in 2010. In 2006 Children’s was awarded the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a distinction held by only 6.2 percent of all hospitals. In 2008, it was named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the Best Places to Work in Health Care. It also has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Omaha (2003 and 2011).

Alumnus Achievement Award: Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton

Ambassador Fulton will be recognized at the ceremony, but she is unable to attend. Chancellor John Christensen will present the Alumnus Achievement Award to her later this month when he is scheduled to meet with her in Denmark.

Fulton earned a bachelor’s degree from UNO in 1971, graduating magna cum laude. She was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark on July 15, 2009 after being nominated to that post by President Barack Obama. Prior to becoming ambassador, Fulton was a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP, where her practice included complex civil litigation, government investigations, and white-collar criminal defense. In 2004 she was named one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine. Fulton has handled many complicated matters involving civil, criminal and parallel proceedings in state courts, federal courts and agencies, and in foreign venues. She was an active member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation, Criminal Justice and International Law sections. She served as co-chair of the Criminal Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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