Hadley to address record number of UNK graduates May 3

When: 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 Where: Health and Sports Center

Contact: Kelly Bartling, communications and community relations, 308-865-8455, bartlingkh@unk.edu

Kearney, Neb., April 25, 2013 – More than 700 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred at University of Nebraska at Kearney commencement exercises on May 3. This is the most graduates ever in the history of the institution. Nebraska State Senator and UNK Professor Emeritus Galen D. Hadley will address the graduates.

In all, there are 713 candidates for degrees – 525 undergraduate and 188 graduate degrees. The all-time record number of graduates was 648 in 1992. The large number of participants prompts planners to encourage graduates and their families and guests to arrive early. Doors to the UNK Health and Sports Center will open at 8 a.m. Parking in the west lots is encouraged. A map is available on the UNK website.

Hadley, of Kearney, represents District 37 and was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2009. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting and was a professor and dean of the College of Business and Technology and senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNK. He was a member of the Kearney City Council and former Mayor of Kearney.

Chancellor Doug Kristensen will preside over the ceremonies. The University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Duane Bierman, will open and close the ceremonies. Master’s degree candidate Elizabeth Peters of North Platte will sing the National Anthem, accompanied by bachelor’s degree candidate Jami Scott of Belgrade. Abbie Davis of Wood River will deliver the senior class reflection.

The commencement will be live-streamed at http://unk.edu.

Visitors with handicap parking permits can park east of the Health and Sports Center Complex. Family members transporting a handicapped person will have access to drop off the person on the east side of the Health and Sports Complex, but will need to move their vehicle to another lot. Visitors with wheelchairs can sit in the corner seating sections on the main floor or use the elevator in the northeast corner of the building to sit in the designated section on the arena floor. Individuals who have difficulties with steps should arrive at least an hour early to have access to seats just below the railings on the main floor or to obtain seating on the arena floor bleachers.


– Kelly Bartling