1715 Students Statewide Eligible to Graduate this May

Thursday, May 8 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – May 8, 2014 – Approximately 1715 students statewide are eligible for graduation this spring, earning a combined 1805 degrees from the University of Idaho.
Students have applied for 1275 baccalaureate degrees, 100 law degrees, 88 doctoral degrees, 12 specialist degrees and 330 master’s degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees. This year's commencement brings the university's all-time totals to 110,136 graduates and 118,104 degrees.
The commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. Final graduation numbers will be available following the semester's end.
Louise McClure, of Boise, will be the commencement speakers. She is Idaho Sen. James A. McClure’s widow, and together they are distinguished UI alumni and regarded amongst the state’s very best citizens. 

Louise McClure earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Idaho in 1950, was a member of the Vandaleers and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a partner in her husband’s career, from Payette County prosecuting attorney to U.S. Representative and Senator. She also contributed countless volunteer hours to a number of organizations, including service on the National Endowment for the Arts Council and the Boise Philharmonic Board. She continues to be a relevant voice in Idaho, penning op-eds and promoting the ideas and opinions she and her husband shared.

Both Jim and Louise approached his high-profile profession with passionate dedication to Idaho and the nation, but always in a calm, reasoned and factual manner. It was with this background, his penchant for public policy, and the significant contributions to the university, state and nation that the University of Idaho renamed its Bureau of Public Affairs Research as the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research in 2007.

McClure has served on the University of Idaho Foundation and the College of Law Advisory Board. She has been a member of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Advancement Council and the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival Advisory Board. In 2001, she and her husband established the James and Louise McClure Endowment for the Sciences and Public Policy. In 2005, they received the University of Idaho President’s Medallion in recognition of their contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and social advancement of Idaho and its people, and their exceptional service to the state and nation. In October 2007, they served as grand marshals for the University’s Homecoming parade. 

Commencement Details
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 inside the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center beginning at 8 a.m. first-come, first-served. 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. 
A shuttle bus from parking lots on the east side of campus to the Idaho Commons and the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center will run prior to the ceremony. Following the commencement ceremony, shuttles will provide transportation to the individual college celebrations and will return to local hotels after these celebrations. Rayburn Street, immediately east of the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center and the College of Law, will be closed to traffic. Additional disability parking will be provided for the event. 

College of Law Commencement

The College of Law also will celebrate their graduation May 17 at 3 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome, with Don Burnett as the commencement speaker. Burnett served as UI interim president June 1, 2013-Feb. 28, 2014. His previous career encompassed service as an appellate judge, practicing lawyer, Army JAG officer, state bar president, law professor and dean of two law schools.

Burnett received his baccalaureate degree magna cum laude in economics from Harvard, his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago, and an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia. He also graduated on the “Commandant’s List” from the Command & General Staff College of the U.S. Army. As a reserve officer in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Burnett’s service included the position of reserve deputy commandant and academic director of The Judge Advocate General’s School. He received the U.S. Armed Forces Legion of Merit award for career achievements when he retired as a Colonel in 2001.

His concurrent civilian career began with service as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court and as an assistant attorney general for the State of Idaho. He entered private practice in Pocatello; became president of the Idaho State Bar; chaired the Bar’s professional conduct standards committee; served as a judge of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Court; and was executive director of the Idaho Judicial Council. In 1982 he was appointed to the newly formed Idaho Court of Appeals, in 1986 he was retained in office by statewide election.

In 1990 Burnett accepted the University of Louisville’s appointment as dean of the law school. In 2002, he accepted appointment as dean of the University of Idaho College of Law. During his Idaho deanship, Burnett chaired an Idaho Supreme Court’s task force on structure and resources for the state appellate courts in the next quarter-century; chaired the University of Idaho’s Ethical Guidance and Oversight Committee; served as a coordinating dean of university-wide interdisciplinary programs; and served on the Advisory Council for Operation Education, a scholarship program for disabled veterans.  He chaired the University’s Steering Committee on Diversity and Human Rights as well as the Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He has received the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Lawyer, Outstanding Service, and Professionalism awards. 
Complete information about all University of Idaho commencement ceremonies, including information for visitors, is available at www.uidaho.edu/commencement.aspx.  


Tara Roberts
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(208) 885-7725

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