2016 Spring Commencement

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Western is gearing up to celebrate Spring Commencement this weekend. Watch the live feed of the event at western.edu/graduation, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. MDT. Find out more details about Saturday's ceremonies...

Western's longest-tenured faculty member to deliver Commencement Address

Gunnison Country historian, Dr. Duane Vandebusche, selected as featured speaker


Duane Vandenbusch, Commencement Speaker for Spring 2016
Renowned Gunnison Country historian and Western’s longest-tenured faculty member, Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, will deliver an address at Western’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 7.

Vandenbusche, who has taught history at Western since 1962 and served many years as the Mountaineers’ head cross country coach, will deliver his commencement speech before thousands of family members and hundreds of students earning their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Western President Dr. Greg Salsbury says Vandenbusche represents the continued dedication to education and the Western lifestyle that exemplifies the journey of many Western students.

“Dr. Vandenbusche is an institutional staple. It’s almost impossible to attend Western and not know his name,” Salsbury says. “His commitment to furthering the development of Mountaineers as a coach and a professor is a testament to his commitment to this university. We’re honored to have him address our students during the Spring Commencement.”

Annie Westbury will present the student commencement address. Westbury will receive her degree in Recreation & Outdoor Education. She also minored in Business Administration during her academic career at Western.

Western’s Spring Commencement Ceremony will feature 337 graduates; 289 will receive their bachelor’s degrees and 48 will receive graduate degrees. Students hail from 32 different states and five foreign countries.

Dr. Paul Edwards, professor of Communication Arts and chair of the Communications Arts, Languages and Literature Department, who has taught at Western for 29 years, will serve as the Faculty Marshal. He will be accompanied by Assistant Marshals Dr. Al Caniff, professor of Art; and Dr. Kathleen Kinkema, professor of Exercise & Sports Science and associate vice president of Academic Affairs. Western students Alejandro Alejandre, Amanda Campbell and Madison Manning and will service as Junior Marshals.

Commencement will take place rain or shine on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in the Mountaineer Bowl on Western’s campus. The ceremony will also be broadcast in the University Center theater and at Mad Jack’s café. A link to a live stream of the ceremony will be available on Western’s homepage on the morning of the event at western.edu/graduation.

For more information, visit western.edu/graduation.

Helpful Spring 2016 Graduation Links:

Watch Graduation Live on LiveStream

Download the 2016 Commencement PROGRAM

See the 2016 Commencement Program Online Flipbook

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