1,556 Students Statewide Eligible to Graduate this May

Tuesday, April 12 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – Approximately 1,556 students statewide are eligible for graduation this spring, earning a combined 1,638 degrees from the University of Idaho.

Students have applied for 1,119 baccalaureate degrees, 85 law degrees, 59 doctoral degrees, 23 specialist degrees and 352 master’s degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees. This year's commencement brings the university's all-time totals to 102,703 graduates and 110,394 degrees.

The commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. Life safety renovations in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center means that the ceremony will move outdoors to the Student Activity Field on the east side of the Kibbie Dome.

Multiple Grammy award-winning artist, arranger, bandleader and educator John Clayton will deliver the commencement address. Clayton is a consistently inspiring figure; he epitomizes the best in jazz and music in general in his professionalism, reliability and consistency, yet he is also creative, innovative, distinctive and always swinging. He is the co-leader of the acclaimed Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (with his brother altoist Jeff Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton), an ensemble for which he not only conducts and plays bass, but writes music.

In 2006, Clayton was named artistic director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, one of the world’s largest educational jazz festivals; the festival garnered a National Medal of the Arts in 2007. He has written and arranged music for Diana Krall, DeeDee Bridgewater (including her Grammy award-winning CD "Dear Ella"), Natalie Cole, Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dr. John, Regina Carter, Queen Latifah (winning a Grammy award for his arrangements on her record “Trav’lin’ Light”) and others. Clayton, an eight-time Grammy nominee, received another Grammy nod this year for his work with the Clayton Brothers' album, "The New Song And Dance."

Degree candidates dressed in full regalia will line up at 8:30 a.m. along University Avenue near the Administration Lawn. Undergraduate students line up with their colleges while doctoral, specialist, and master's students line up as a group with the College of Graduate Studies.

Tickets are not required for the event. Guests may seat themselves at the Student Activity Field beginning at 8 a.m. Students participating in the ceremony who need special assistance should contact Gloria Jensen in Disability Support Services at (208) 885-630. Guests in need of additional assistance should contact Tyson Drew in University Support Services at (208) 885-7353.

Guests unable to visit Moscow may watch the ceremony live online at www.uidaho.edu/live.

Immediately following the ceremony, colleges will host a celebration reception for graduates, guests, faculty and staff. Light refreshments and photo opportunities will be available. Graduate-level candidates and their guests may attend the celebration event according to their fields of study.

Additional disability parking will be provided for the event. Disability shuttles can be found on the west end of the Kibbie Dome.

Complete information about all University of Idaho commencement ceremonies, including information for visitors, is available at www.uidaho.edu/commencement.aspx.
# # #

About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.