2013.05.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
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Thousands to Attend 2013 Spring Commencement at UNO
Omaha - On Saturday, May 4, over 1,500 students and their guests will be on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus for our 2013 Spring Commencement ceremonies.
With the goal of highlighting all of our colleges, the UNO 2013 Spring Commencement will include one general ceremony and six additional college-specific ceremonies, which will take place across the UNO Dodge and Pacific campuses.
The day will begin with a general ceremony for all UNO students at 9 a.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse followed by the individual college ceremonies throughout the rest of the day.
A full schedule of the individual college ceremonies are as follows:
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media – Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, Room 128 – 11 a.m.
College of Arts and Sciences – Sapp Fieldhouse – 11:30 a.m.
College of Information Science & Technology - Scott Conference Center - 11:30 a.m.
College of Education - Sapp Fieldhouse - 2 p.m.
College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Sapp Fieldhouse - 2 p.m.
College of Business Administration - Sapp Fieldhouse - 5:30 p.m.
There will be student speakers at each of UNO's commencement ceremonies, including two speakers - one undergraduate and one graduate - at the 9 a.m. campus-wide ceremony. Other speakers include NU Regent Bob Whitehouse; Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing; Dan Kinsella, marketplace leader for Deloitte; and Hal France, former KANEKO executive director and a professional opera conductor.
For those that can not make it to campus, the 9 a.m. commencement ceremony, as well as all events held in the Sapp Fieldhouse, will be broadcast live on Ustream at the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/unograduation.
For questions about this year's commencement, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full listing of campus student speakers, and short bios, are as follows:
Tessie Stednitz, UNO Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Stednitz, a Nebraska native, is graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with and endorsement in interdisciplinary education. As part of UNO's nationally-ranked forensics team, Stednitz individually ranked fifth in the nation and has won more than 30 individual championships across various tournaments during her college career. After graduation, Stednitz plans on obtaining an elementary teaching position in Omaha and pursue a master's degree in education.
Nancy Bond, UNO Graduate Commencement Speaker
Bond is currently the supervisor of school counseling at Omaha Public Schools and has been with OPS since 1985 in a number of capacities, including being a school counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels as well as being an assistant principal at Omaha North High Magnet School. Bond is earning her doctorate in educational leadership.
Sheila Cornett, College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Cornett is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in psychology to help complement her already impressive practical experience. Cornett has participated in a number of service learning projects at Norris Middle School and Mockingbird Elementary School in addition to volunteering at Boys Town, the Salvation Army and Nebraska Humane Society, just to name a few.
Amber Rogers, College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Commencement Speaker
Rogers is graduating on May 4 with a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in nonfiction. Rogers served as a teaching assistant for the Department of English over the last two years, which has allowed her to teach composition classes. Rogers received her bachelor's degree from UNO in 2008.
Cameron Logsdon, College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media Commencement Speaker
Logsdon is graduating with his Master of Arts degree in Communication with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Logsdon's academic success follows his success as the UNO forensics team's first national champion and first two-time champion, earning those honors in 2010 and 2011. During his graduate career Logsdon served as a teaching assistant, forensics coach and graduate student representative - all while taking care of his 6-year-old son.
Emily Christensen, College of Education Commencement Speaker
Christensen is graduating with a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership, which she will use in her job as a talent advisor for Avenue Scholars and teacher at Omaha Bryan High School. Christensen has also served as a teacher at Omaha North High Magnet School and girls soccer coach.
Troy Rand, College of Education Commencement Speaker
Rand is graduating with a Master of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a concentration in exercise science, which he plans to expand upon with a doctoral degree in exercise science. Rand has earned research grants for his work, which he has presented at the national Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society conference.
Carl Jackson, College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commencement Speaker
Jackson is graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in social work from the Grace Abbot School of Social Work. Jackson is a member of the National Association of Social workers and Golden Key National Honor Society.
Supriya Giri, College of Business Administration Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Giri is graduating this summer with an emphasis in accounting. She grew up in Nepal and is the first female in her family to graduate from college. Giri is also a member of the Nebraska Nepalese Society and plans to use her degree to earn a job at one of the big four audit firms and pursue a Master of Accounting degree at UNO.
Andres Torres, College of Business Administration Graduate Commencement Speaker
Torres is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in international business. As a licensed engineer, Torres serves as the engineer project manager for Valmont Industries Global Utility division. Torres was recently named one of Omaha's "40 under 40" list of the top young professionals in Omaha.
Daniel Rerucha, College of Information Science & Technology Commencement Speaker
Rerucha is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Rerucha currently works for the Omaha-based IT firm CRi developing iOS applications. He plans to go to the University of Utah this fall pursuing a Master of Science in computing focusing on computer graphics. He hopes to work in computer animation and visual effects.
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