UofL spring commencement to take place May 11 | Schools
From University of Louisville
LOUISVILLE, KY - More than 1,700 University of Louisville graduates will march in two separate commencement ceremonies May 11 at KFC Yum! Center.
Although only 1,710 will walk, 2,707 students will recieve diplomas and 63 doctoral students will take part in a hooding ceremony May 10 at 4 p.m. at the center.
The University chose four students who they recognize as "noteable grads."
Henry Bacon was one class shy of a degree when he left UofL in 1972 to play professional basketball. He went on to take another job and raise a family, but never forgot about his unfinished education and even kept his 1970 UofL student ID as a reminder. Bacon, now 64, will finally get his degree at UofL’s 2 p.m. commencement ceremony. “I have a place on my wall for that diploma,” he said.
James Knauss has never been in Louisville, but this weekend he’ll visit to claim a UofL master’s degree in civil engineering. The U.S. Air Force flight instructor earned his degree entirely online, taking classes at bases around the country and in far-flung locations such as Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Qatar. He will take part in the 2 p.m. ceremony and is arriving the day before.
Matt Gammons, an Iraq war veteran, will be the first UofL graduate to receive a peace, justice and conflict transformation certificate with his justice administration bachelor’s degree. The community-minded student has volunteered for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, helped with Hurricane Sandy relief and wants to become a police officer. He'll march in the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Rosslyn Steinmetz, Leah Dahline and Kelsey Stanley will be the first UofL graduates to earn bachelor’s degrees in Latin American and Latino studies. The newly minted degree focuses on Latino contributions and culture. All three will take part in the 10 a.m. ceremony.
The ceremonies start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, click here.
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