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The Graduate School Ceremony

Friday, December 15, 2017

7:00 p.m. 

Wilson Hall Auditorium 

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. Alexander L. Gabbin, KPMG Professor of Accounting, came to JMU in 1985 as a Commonwealth of Virginia Visiting Professor after 10 years on the faculty of the oldest Historical Black College or University (HBCU) in the nation, Lincoln University (PA). He earned a Ph.D. from Temple University, MBA from theUniversity of Chicago, B.A from Howard University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has received numerous distinguished teaching awards, received national recognition for his work in assessment, and been active on a national level in the American Accounting Association, American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and the National Alliance of African American Athletes (NAAAA). Additionally, Dr. Gabbin is a founding member of the National Black MBA Association while a student at the University of Chicago in 1970, co-organizes the Harrisonburg Young Achievers with Dr. Cheryl Talley of JMU’s Psychology Department, and serves as advisor to several JMU organizations.

 

Undergraduate Ceremony

Saturday, December 16, 2017 

10:00 a.m.

Convocation Center

Doors will open at 8:00 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

SusanHunter

Dr. Susan J. Hunter was named the 20th President of the University of Maine on July 7, 2014. On July 1, 2017, she also became President of the University of Maine at Machias, now a regional campus of UMaine. She began her full-time career at the University of Maine in 1991 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Hunter is a cell biologist whose research focused on structural and functional aspects of bone cell biology. She had grant support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Hunter received a bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in physiology from Pennsylvania State University, and did postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University and Pennsylvania State University. For six years, she served as a co-principal investigator of an award-winning, $3 million National Science Foundation grant that placed graduate teaching fellows in K–12 schools as science demonstrators. In addition, Dr. Hunter was the original principal investigator of a five-year, $3.3 million NSF ADVANCE grant, helping to fund UMaine’s Rising Tide Center, an initiative to transform the university through enhanced opportunities for women faculty members in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and social-behavioral sciences. Her administrative positions included Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and five years as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Just prior to her appointment as UMaine’s first woman president, Dr. Hunter served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Maine System. Currently, she serves on the boards of Maine & Company, and the Maine Development Foundation, and on the advisory network for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute. Dr. Hunter lives in Orono with her husband, David Lambert, a plant pathologist who also spent his career at UMaine as a faculty member in the School of Food and Agriculture. They have two adult children.

 

Army ROTC Commissioning

The December Army ROTC Commissioning will be on Friday, December 15

2:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall Classroom 6110

We are delighted to announce the guest speaker for this ceremony will be Major General James V. Young JR., 75th Training Command

On 16 May 2014, Major General James V. Young Jr. became the Commanding General for the 75th Training Command in Houston, TX. Prior to this assignment MG Young served as the Chief of Staff for the Army Reserve.In 1983, MG Young was commissioned in the Regular Army in Military Intelligence from Davidson College and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, where he served as an Assistant Brigade S2, Light Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, and Infantry Battalion S2. Follow on assignments include command of A Company, 337th MI Battalion (TE) (ABN) from 1992 to 1995 and Assistant Inspector General, 81 st RSC, from 1995 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Battalion S3, 345th MI Battalion and as Commander of the 1st Battalion, 347th Infantry (TS) (CSS) a First Army training battalion.

MG Young commanded the 203d MI Battalion (TI) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, from 2003 to 2005. He deployed the battalion to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and also served as the Army Component Commander and co-J3 for the Combined Joint Captured Enemy Material Exploitation Center. His Brigade level command was the Theater Support Command, from 2005 to 2007, consisting of ten Military Intelligence MTOE battalions nationwide. From 2007 to 2009, he commanded the Joint Reserve Intelligence Unit, J2, on the Joint Staff, and was the senior reserve advisor for the J2. As a Brigadier General, he commanded the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, the Army Reserve’s Functional Intelligence Command, from 2009 to 2011 and served the Army Reserve’s senior intelligence officer. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief, Army Reserve, where he worked as the CAR’s Deputy with a primary focus as the Army Reserve’s senior human capital executive and later as Chief of Staff of the Army Reserve staff.

MG Young holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College, an MBA from Emory University and an MSS from the Army War College. His military education includes the Military Intelligence Basic, Advanced, and Tactical Intelligence Courses, Inspector General Course, Observer Controller Academy of the National Training Center, Army War College and CAPSTONE.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Royal Australian Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Joint Staff Identification Badge.
As a Citizen-Soldier, he is a Chief Operating Officer of Galloway Consulting, a professional services/consulting firm specializing in providing strategic and operational improvements for the healthcare industry. Specific responsibilities include: strategic planning, business development, business analytics integration, sales strategy and support, human capital, advisory joint venture management, as well as managing consultant capacity, deployment and development. He began his civilian career as a strategy and human resources consultant with one of the country's largest consulting firms and has served as President and or senior executive for three national design and manufacturing organizations.

He is married to the former Valarie Hyde and they have four children: James III, a 1LT and combat veteran in the Army Reserve, Madeleine, Grace, and Caroline.

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