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University of Wyoming Graduating Nearly 1,800 This Spring

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The University of Wyoming is set to hand out almost 1,800 degrees during their spring commencement ceremonies. Helping to ring in the occasion will be Wyoming first lady Carol Mead and NBC news correspondent Pete Williams, who will be among speakers during the ceremonies.

The bulk of the ceremonies will take place in Laramie May 3-5 and UW as well as the City of Laramie are already warning of the possible traffic disruptions. The main hiccup will likely be caused by the construction at 30th and Grand. UW recommends that visitors do not use the Grand Avenue exit from I-80, but instead utilize the 3rd Street or Curtis Street exits.

If you do end up having to negotiate the intersection at 30th and Grand, there are two detours available which can be viewed by clicking here. The City of Laramie ensures that all businesses located in and near the intersection will remain open and accessible throughout the weekend.

Here’s the rundown on each of the college commencement ceremonies, including the key speakers:

Thursday, May 3
6 p.m. — African American and Diaspora Studies in the Wyoming Union West Ballroom with Tiffany Reid, the program’s first bachelor of arts degree recipient, plus presentations by other students.

Friday, May 4
3 p.m. — Multicultural graduation ceremony in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom with College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Gracie Lawson Borders and Quincy Howe, assistant UW track coach.

6 p.m. — American Indian Studies Program in the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center with Scott Manning Stevens, director of the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation.

Saturday, May 5
8:30 a.m. — College of Health Sciences in the Arena-Auditorium with Howard T. Willson, M.D., UW trustee and administrator of Gottsche Rehabilitation in Thermopolis.

9 a.m. — College of Business in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium with graduating students Brook Arnould from Laramie, Katherine Cusack from Green River and Jonlee Anderle, an executive MBA, from Laramie.

9 a.m. — College of Education in the War Memorial Fieldhouse with Wyoming’s First Lady Carol Mead.

1:30 p.m. — College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the War Memorial Fieldhouse with Professor Jim Wangberg, associate dean of the college.

1:30 p.m. — College of Arts and Sciences in the Arena-Auditorium with NBC News correspondent and UW Honorary Degree recipient Pete Williams.

1:30 p.m. — College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the UW Arts and Sciences auditorium with Katarzna Wilamowski, the first computer science graduate invited to speak; and student speaker Mallory Hunt of Monument, Col0., civil engineering major and the Joint Engineering Council’s outstanding senior.

6 p.m. — Army/Air Force ROTC commissioning ceremony in the Fine Arts concert hall with Brig. Gen. Steven R. Mount, director of the Joint Staff, Wyoming Nation Guard.

Thursday, May 10
7:30 p.m. — UW/Casper College graduation in the Casper Events Center with Maggi Murdock, associate provost and dean of the UW Outreach School; faculty speaker Joanne Theobald, social work lecturer; and student speaker Kaja Raczynski, psychology.

Saturday, May 11
10 a.m. — College of Law in the Fine Arts concert hall with the Honorable Nancy Freudanthal from the United States District Court, District of Wyoming.

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