Independent Film Producer Jim Lemley to Address New Graduates, 1,774 Students Statewide Eligible to Graduate this May

Tuesday, April 2 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Approximately 1,774 students statewide are eligible for graduation this spring, earning a combined 1,845 degrees from the University of Idaho.

Students have applied for 1,264 baccalaureate degrees, 110 law degrees, 75 doctoral degrees, 22 specialist degrees and 374 master’s degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees. This year's commencement brings the university's all-time totals to 107,519 graduates and 115,317 degrees.

The commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. Final graduation numbers will be available following the semester's end.

American film and television producer Jim Lemley ‘88 will deliver the commencement address. The second generation Vandal earned a Bachelor’s of Science in marketing from the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with leading directors, actors and producers to create both critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects.

After beginning his career in New York working in the music business for Island Records, Lemley moved to Los Angeles to pursue film. He spent time at both Disney and Universal before joining Icon Entertainment in 1992. Over the next decade, Lemley quickly rose through the ranks eventually serving as CEO of the London-based Icon Entertainment International. At Icon, he worked on various features across all genres, including "Braveheart," "Maverick," "Immortal Beloved," "Anna Karenina," "Payback," "187" and "We Were Soldiers." Additionally, he produced several television projects, including the highly rated "The Three Stooges" for ABC and "Invincible" for TBS. In 2002, Lemley teamed with Ridley and Tony Scott to executive produce the medieval romance "Tristan and Isolde." In 2005, he partnered with Bonnie Curtis to executive produce the Wes Craven thriller "Red Eye."

Lemley’s most recent credits include the action-fantasy-horror film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (which he produced with Tim Burton) as well as the action-thriller "Wanted," both directed by cult action director Timur Bekmambetov. Other projects include the critically acclaimed drama "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and the post-apocalyptic animated feature "9," which he produced with Burton and Bekmambetov.

Currently, Lemley is developing a 10-hour miniseries, "The Singularity", with Ray Kurzweil the famed American inventor, futurist, Google director and author of the New York Times Bestseller "The Singularity is Near." The miniseries will explore the science and philosophy behind the future of humanity and its relationship with ever-evolving technology.

This year’s commencement also marks the 50th and 51st anniversary of the first year doctorate of philosophy and doctorate in education degrees were awarded at the University of Idaho, respectively, and several of the awardees will be present at the Moscow commencement ceremony. This year also celebrates the first graduating class for the new doctoral in athletic training. The University of Idaho has the only doctoral program in athletic training in the nation. Five DAT will be awarded.

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) 885-6307. 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

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.

Complete information about all University of Idaho commencement ceremonies, including information for visitors, is available at
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