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December 17, 2005

St. Edward's University Recognizes Fall Graduates

On Dec. 17, 2005, St. Edward's University will confer 356 diplomas as the university recognizes graduating students in two ceremonies. The ceremony for New College and graduate students is at 10 a.m. followed by the ceremony for traditional undergraduates at 2 p.m. in the Recreation & Convocation Center.

Wendell Wise Mayes Jr., '02, MLA '05, MBA '06, who returned to college in 2002 at the age of 78 after a 50-year career in broadcasting, will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. Mayes also has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and will finish his third degree from St. Edward's — an MBA — in May 2006.

Robert Wilems, who graduated with a BS in Physics in 1963, will deliver the keynote address for the traditional undergraduate ceremony at 2 p.m. Wilems initiated an endowed scholarship in honor of his mentor, Brother Romard Barthel, CSC, who taught math and physics at St. Edward's for more than five decades before retiring earlier this year. The scholarship will be awarded annually beginning in Fall 2006.

The number of students expected to graduate on Dec. 17 is as follows:

Graduate: 102

New College: 101

Undergraduate: 153

Total:   356

Photo: Wendell Wise Mayes Jr., '02, MLA '05, MBA '06

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