Spring Commencement Includes 142 Degrees from Coeur d’Alene

Monday, May 5


Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – May 5, 2014 – Graduating students are eligible to receive a combined 142 degrees this spring at the University of Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene center.
 
Candidates from the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene applied for 86 baccalaureate degrees, 1 doctoral degree, 4 specialist degrees and 51 masters’ degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees. 

Statewide this spring, five commencement ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of 1,715 University of Idaho students who are eligible to graduate, earning a combined 1,805 degrees. This year’s commencement brings the university’s totals to approximately 110,136 graduates and 118,104 degrees.
 
The University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene commencement ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Schuler Auditorium in Boswell Hall on the North Idaho College Campus. The commencement speaker is former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem.

Bloem made history as the first female mayor and the first mayor to be elected for three terms in Coeur d’Alene. Prior to becoming mayor she was an active member of the community, serving as co-chair of the city’s Downtown Revitalization Committee and chair of the city’s strategic planning committee, and serving on the planning commission for four years. Bloem also served on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the EXCEL Foundation board of directors and the North Idaho College Foundation Board.

The University of Idaho awarded Bloem the President’s Medallion in 2011 for her exceptional service. She received the 2011 Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Planning Leadership Award.

The fourth generation of her family to plant deep roots in Coeur d’Alene, Bloem taught fourth and sixth grades in the Coeur d’Alene School District for 10 years. 
 
Lineup for commencement begins at 7:15 p.m. Students or guests with disability-related needs are invited to contact Angie Sowers at (208) 667-27013 as early as possible to allow time to arrange needed services and access. Requests are difficult to arrange on the day of commencement.

The University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. Friends, family and faculty are invited to join in congratulating the new graduates. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are not required.
 
President's Medallion 

The President’s Medallion is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people, and have provided exceptional service to the state or nation that has influenced the well-being of humankind.
 
This year, the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene proudly presents the President’s Medallion to University of Idaho graduates Douglas Hawkins and Edward Hawkins. 

Douglas Hawkins is the founder of Litehouse Foods in Sandpoint and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of Idaho. He served on the University of Idaho College of Education Advisory Board. He a former Sandpoint city councilman and a founding board member of the Bonner County Economic Development Council. 

Edward Hawkins has spent his career with Litehouse Foods and served as CEO from 1989 to 2011. He received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Idaho. He served on the boards of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Bonner County Economic Development Council. He has a gift and passion for motivational roles and has been a keynote speaker for numerous events, including the Greater Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Idaho Integrated Business Curriculum speaker series.

More information about Coeur d’Alene commencement is available online: www.uidaho.edu/commencement.aspx

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Contact:
Andrea Barlow
University Communications
(208)292-1401
andreat@uidaho.edu





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