From: Public Affairs
|President Rose congratulates a proud JMU graduate.|
The time-honored tradition of May commencement exercises begins anew for the Class of 2012 as graduate and undergraduate students make the transition to become alumni of James Madison University.
Dr. Linwood H. Rose, who is stepping down as president of the university June 30, will speak at both the graduate ceremony Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the JMU Convocation Center and the undergraduate ceremony Saturday, May 5, at 9 a.m. in Bridgeforth Stadium. Students should arrive at the stadium by 8:30 a.m. so that they may be seated on the field for the program to begin promptly at 9 a.m.
Rose will confer degrees to approximately 3,567 undergraduate students and 558 graduate students – 545 master's degree, three educational specialist degree and 10 doctoral degree candidates while presiding at his final commencement exercises as JMU's fifth president.
As president, Rose has guided JMU with a deep knowledge of the university's character and tradition honed during a career that began when he joined the professional staff in 1975. His increasing duties led to assignments in every division of the university, preparing him to lead JMU, beginning his presidency in 1998, to national prominence in higher education.
While there will be ample space for undergraduate commencement guests, three satellite viewing areas of the main ceremony for anyone who would prefer to stay inside and not maneuver around the stadium will be available in Wilson Hall, Festival Conference and Student Center Ballroom and the Convocation Center.
Beginning at 11 a.m., commencement celebrations will continue at individual college programs at various campus locations.