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December 2018 Commencement Schedule

Friday, December 14th

10:00 a.m. - Nurses Convocation in Memorial Hall Auditorium
12:00 p.m. - Honors College Medallion Ceremony in Festival Highlands Room
2:00 p.m. - Army ROTC Commissioning in Memorial Hall Auditorium
7:00 p.m. - The Graduate School Ceremony in Convocation Center
(doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Saturday, December 15th

10:00 a.m. - Undergraduate Ceremony in Convocation Center
(doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
The Graduate School Ceremony

Friday, December 14, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Convocation Center

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

PROGRAM:

Prelude

Processional

Greetings and Congratulations

Commencement Address

Presentation of Candidates for Doctoral Degrees

Conferring of Degrees

Presentation of Candidates for Educational Specialist and Master's Degrees

Conferring of Degrees

College of Arts and Letters

College of Business

College of Education

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

College of Integrated Science and Engineerings

College of Science and Math

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Individual Recognition of Graduates

Concluding Remarks

Recessional

 

Graduate School Commencement Speaker
Dr. Ken Rutherford
Professor of Political Science

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Dr. Ken Rutherford is Director of JMU’s Center of International Stabilization and Recovery and Professor in the Department of Political Science. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, a humanitarian aid worker in Kenya, Senegal, and Somalia, and as a State Department Fulbright Fellow at the University of Jordan.

He co-founded Landmine Survivors Network and was a leader in the historic International Campaign to Ban Landmines, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Rutherford arranged for, and escorted, Diana, Princess of Wales to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997 and then spearheaded efforts to promote a mine-free Middle East with Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

He has published four books on global security, and a fifth book, America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War, will be published spring 2019. The London-based organization, Action on Armed Violence, recognized him as one of the "one hundred most influential people in armed violence reduction" and the Slovenia International Trust Fund selected him as one of the twenty individuals around the world who “serve as an inspiration” for its global post-conflict work. In addition, Rutherford received several global awards, including the Leadership in International Rehabilitation - Northwestern University; the United Nations Association-USA humanitarian – presented by Sir Paul McCartney; and the Human Security Award - University of California at Irvine.  

He has been profiled in Reader’s Digest and on Oprah and HBO, and has been quoted in numerous publications, including The New York Times. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and BA and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado, where he was inducted into its Hall for Distinguished alumni.

 

Undergraduate Ceremony

Saturday, December 15, 2018

10:00 a.m.

Convocation Center

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

PROGRAM:

Prelude

Processional

Greetings and Congratulations

Commencement Address

Introduction of Honors Graduates

Candidate Endorsement by Faculty

Presentation of Candidates

Conferring of Degrees

College of Arts and Letters

College of Business

College of Education

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

College of Integrated Science and Engineerings

College of Science and Math

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Presentation of Graduates

Concluding Remarks

Recessional

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Dr. Brad Roof
Faculty Scholar and Professor of Accounting

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Dr. Roof is the Hantzmon Wiebel Faculty Scholar and Professor of Accounting. He is also

Professor of Wine Studies in JMU’s Hart School hospitality program. He created and directed

the International Business program and cofounded the Master of Accounting degree. Curricular innovations in international accounting, financial auditing, professional wine management, and award-winning financial literacy have been among his interests. He has received teaching awards. With Dr. Paul Copley, he designed the summer intensive “CPA Exam Boot Camp”. In the last three years, Master of Accounting graduates have finished No. 1 in the nation twice, and No. 2 continuing many years of high success. Hospitality grads in his professional wine course often pass the Certified Specialist of Wine international certification examination twice as frequently as experienced professionals. He has been Associate Dean in the College of Business and the School of Accounting director. He has directed JMU’s affiliated Research & Development Inc., and the College’s Center for Professional Development. He has repeatedly chaired committees maintaining the University’s accreditation and NCAA certification. He chaired the Examinations Committee with the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. He has served as chairman of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a business consultant to public accounting firms and businesses. As a wine consultant he serves resorts, wineries and other hospitality entities. His research has received literary awards. He is a CPA, CMA and has four professional wine certifications among others. This 42nd year at James Madison will be his last.

Inclement Weather Procedure

In the event of inclement weather, all information will be posted on the JMU websitesocial media outlets,
and our JMUGrad app. 

 

All students will receive an alert through our JMU Emergency Notification System.

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