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December 7, 2010

St. Edward's University Celebrates Fall 2010 Graduates

On Dec. 11, St. Edward’s University will confer 442 diplomas as the university recognizes graduating students in two ceremonies. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. for Graduate Programs and New College, and at 2 p.m. for traditional undergraduates, in the Recreation and Convocation Center. A reception will follow each graduation ceremony at Mabee Ballroom in the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center.

Martin E. Rose, J.D., the father of two St. Edward's University alumni — Bryan Rose '00 and Allyson Schaeffer '03, MBA ’10 — will be the keynote speaker for New College and Graduate students. Martin Rose is a trial lawyer and founder of Rose•Walker L.L.P. in Dallas, representing clients in high-stakes litigation throughout the country. His verdicts have twice made the National Law Journal’s list of Top 100 verdicts. He has been named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers each year and last fall was chosen for Lawdragon's list of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Rose earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Nate Thomas '79, an award-winning director and producer of PBS documentaries, television commercials and feature films, will be the keynote speaker for the traditional undergraduate ceremony. Thomas earned a BA in Theater Arts from St. Edward's University, and in 2008, he received the university's Alumni Achievement Award. He received a MFA in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and is a tenured Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Northridge. The independent feature film Stompin’ starring comedian/actor Sinbad is his latest directing credit. Thomas recently helped conduct a Theater Alumni Workshop for current students at St. Edward’s University.

The number of students expected to graduate on Dec. 11 is as follows:

Graduate: 133
New College: 94
Undergraduate: 215
Total: 442

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