EAC to hold 117th Annual Commencement Ceremony
By Lori Dugan
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is preparing for its 117th Annual Commencement Ceremony to be held on Friday, May 11, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at John Mickelson Stadium. Approximately 350 students have been invited to cross the stage to receive degrees in the areas of Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies.
The evening will include music from the EAC Symphony Orchestra, speeches from a top honor student, faculty, and alumni, as well as the conferring of the degrees. The guest speaker for the evening is EAC alum, Arden J Palmer. Mr. Palmer has been closely associated with higher education at Eastern Arizona College, serving in capacities such as president of the EAC Booster Club and as a member of the EAC Foundation Board. He has also been involved at the university level, particularly at the University of Arizona. He was a member of the B.P. Cardon Endowed Chair Organizing Committee at the University of Arizona. He is the recipient of an Honorary Alumnus Award as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the UofA, and subsequently the Distinguished Citizen Award.
Also taking the podium to speak will be a top honor student, Sonya Anderson, daughter of EAC faculty member, Mark Anderson. Sonya is graduating with an Associate’s Degree in pre-nursing. In earning this degree she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is graduating with highest honors.
The faculty speaker this year will be David Morris, faculty association president and science division chair. He joined EAC as an instructor in the science department in 2001 and currently teaches astronomy and geology.
A reception in honor of the graduates is scheduled immediately following the ceremony.