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Officials Salute Student Achievement in Outdoor Commencement

“USAO has always and will always attract the brightest minds,” said Dr. Sanders Huguenin to a record-breaking crowd of 1,600 at the University of Science and Arts spring commencement. On Friday night, Huguenin, vice president of academic affairs, addressed the audience during the university’s first outdoor commencement in nearly 50 years. His message was one of student achievement. (read full Huguenin address here)

USAO Holds First Outdoor Commencement in 50 Years

More than 100 graduating students will receive their degrees during an outdoor commencement ceremony at the University of Science and Arts on April 21. At 8 p.m., the university will hold its first outdoor graduation service in nearly 50 years.

The ceremony takes place south of the flag plaza on the oval and will accommodate 1,500 guests. Overflow seating is available in the Davis Hall Amphitheater, where the televised event will be shown on a 12-foot screen. A live broadcast also is scheduled on USAO Channel 18.

Spring Triad Draws Thousands to USAO

Morning winds and rain couldn’t stop more than 2,000 area students from flocking to the University of Science and Arts for the annual Spring Triad event. The Triad, composed of the Montmartre Chalk Art Contest, Scholastic Meet and Droverstock music festival, drew students from nearly 80 schools across the state to the USAO campus April 6.

Concert Exhibits Western Appeal April 14

Is it possible to fuse country music with Motown tunes? At the University of Science and Arts, Joe Settlemires and his Showband will attempt the musical feat on April 14. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Hall Theatre.

Although the Showband generally is known for its swing style and pop pieces, this concert brings more of a country flair to the table. And for a good reason: special guest fiddle player Monte Gaylord is joining the band for the special event.

Senior Recital Doubles as Costume Party April 10

Music senior Thom Proctor promises a unique musical experience at the University of Science and Arts on April 10. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Alumni Chapel will host his senior composition recital, which doubles as a costume party.

The recital includes 13 original compositions performed on piano, guitar and percussion, as well as choral pieces, improvised music and what Proctor calls “electronic experiments.”