Winter Commencement Set for Dec. 11

Thursday, November 11 2010

Written by Chelsey Remitz 

MOSCOW, Idaho –This December, 746 graduates are eligible to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at the University of Idaho's 2010 winter commencement. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 12:30 p.m., in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, and is free and open to the public.

All degree candidates participating in the ceremony must 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 772 degrees, with 513 undergraduate, 198 master’s, seven specialist, 18 law and 36 doctoral degrees given out during this commencement.

For the first time, bachelor's and master's degree graduates are able to purchase eco-friendly gowns out of GreenWeaver fabric, made from recycled plastic bottles. This aligns with the university's overall movement toward sustainability. The university’s seal is incorporated into the front of the completely recyclable and newly designed garments. Doctoral students also will have flexibility and sustainability options this winter, with the choice to rent custom university gowns or purchase them.

The commencement address will be given by Scott Wood, distinguished scientist and dean of the College of Science. Wood began his distinguished career at the University of Idaho in 1992 as an assistant professor of geochemistry in the then-College of Mines and Earth Resources. His administrative appointments with the college also include associate dean and interim dean, before being appointed dean of the College of Science in April 2008.

Wood received his master’s and doctoral degrees in geochemistry from Princeton University. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology and chemistry from Hamilton College.

Wood oversees an academic unit comprised of eight departments with 150 faculty and 50 staff members in Moscow and Idaho Falls, with more than 1,000 students in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls and Moscow. In fiscal year 2010, college scientists were responsible for nearly $8.5 million in expenditures to conduct their sponsored research efforts.

Wood’s research interests include theoretical and experimental studies of the thermodynamics, kinetics and molecular mechanisms of aqueous processes and water-rock interactions, especially at elevated temperatures and pressures. Wood has published more than 83 refereed journal articles, 13 book chapters, 23 refereed conference proceedings, and more than 150 conference abstracts. He has received competitive funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the American Chemical Society, the state of Idaho, NATO, the National Institutes of Health and private industry.

He received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Geochemistry of the American Chemical Society. In 2004, he received the Julian Boldly Award for best paper in economic geology at the annual Joint Meeting of the Geological Association of Canada and the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Wood received the University of Idaho inaugural Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Science in 2005 and the Award of Excellence in Research in 1998.

Immediately after the ceremony, the President’s Reception will take place on the main floor of the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. Family, friends and faculty are invited to enjoy refreshments with President M. Duane Nellis, Mrs. Ruthie Nellis and the new graduates. College banners will designate gathering areas and provide photo opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available first-come, first serve; no tickets are required. Additional commencement information, including parking, lodging and maps are available at
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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 the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 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, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit