Longtime Dean of Students to Offer Remarks at Winter Commencement, Dec. 10

Friday, December 2 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – Natural daylight streaming into the iconic Kibbie Dome will illuminate the path to the future for University of Idaho graduates as they gather in the newly renovated ASUI Kibbie-Activity Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 12:30 p.m., for winter commencement.

This December, 814 graduates are eligible to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. All degree candidates participating in the ceremony will line up for the procession dressed in their regalia by 11:30 a.m., on the main floor of the Kibbie Dome’s east end. The graduates will earn a total of 841 degrees, with 529 undergraduate, 249 master’s, 8 specialist, 12 law and 43 doctoral degrees. This brings the all-time total to 103,264 graduates and 110,880 degrees.

Bruce Pitman, dean of students, will address graduates, drawing upon nearly four decades of his work with university students. Pitman began his career at the University of Idaho in 1973, as an assistant Greek adviser. He became dean of students in 1981.

“It is a privilege to participate in winter commencement because I have worked closely with many of the students who will be crossing the stage,” said Pitman. “They and their families have achieved much. It will be a joyful celebration.”

Pitman has been part of and seen many changes in campus life, including the planning of the Idaho Commons, the Student Recreation Center, the Living Learning Centers and the University of Idaho Diversity Center. He was actively involved with the creation of university-level learning outcomes, student retention initiatives, addressing campus safety issues, supporting students who are at-risk, and inspiring volunteer service initiatives.

He serves as the university’s vice provost for student affairs and is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators. He also served as president of the Northwest College Personnel Association, and currently serves on the national board of directors for the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. In 2000, Pitman received the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean for the Pacific Northwest. He also has been honored with an Outstanding Employee Award by the University of Idaho and has a tree planted in his honor by the Student Alumni Relations Board on the university’s Administration Lawn.

Pitman earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Purdue University. He also earned a master’s degree in counseling and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Idaho.

Immediately after the ceremony, the President’s Reception will take place on the main floor of the Kibbie Dome. Family, friends and faculty are invited to enjoy refreshments with President M. Duane Nellis, Ruthie Nellis and the new graduates. College banners will designate gathering areas and serve as the backdrop for photo opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis; no tickets are required. Additional commencement information, including parking, lodging and maps, is available at www.uidaho.edu/commencement.

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