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ETSU to hold Academic Excellence Convocation for May graduates

staff report • Apr 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

JOHNSON CITY — The Honors College at East Tennessee State University will hold the annual Academic Excellence Convocation at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

The event will recognize 812 students for superior achievement during their university careers. Among those to be honored are Faculty Award winners, determined by vote of the faculty in each program. All graduating students achieving a 3.5 to 4.0 grade point average, denoting cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude academic standing, will also be honored, as will those graduating from five special programs: University Honors Scholars, Midway Honors Scholars, Fine and Performing Arts Scholars, Honors-in-Discipline and Roan Leadership Scholars.

The convocation is free and open to the public, and a reception sponsored by Harold Dishner State Farm Financial Services will be held for the students, their families and friends, and faculty members in the Culp Center ballroom following the ceremony.

The speaker for the evening is Maegan McNerney Azar, an ETSU alumna from the Class of 2003. Azar is an assistant professor of acting and directing at Furman University’s Theatre Arts Department. Previously, she was the education director at California Theatre Center. Among her directing credits are “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Lysistrata,” “Starved,” “Twentieth Century” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Her roles as an actress include Portia in “Merchant of Venice,” Boston/Katie in “Something More Than a Game,” Marcia in “Identity Crisis,” Clea in “Black Comedy” and Mirandolina in “Liberty Inn.”

The Greenville, S.C. resident received a master of fine arts degree in acting pedagogy from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in theatre at ETSU as a University Honors Scholar. She has studied with the Wisconsin Theatre Games Center, the Applied Theatre Center and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Record attendance is expected at the convocation. If maximum capacity for the Culp Auditorium is reached, guests will be directed to the Culp Center ballroom where the program will be telecast live on a large screen. Guests viewing from the ballroom may go directly to the reception at the other side of the ballroom following the event to meet their graduates.

The ceremony will be broadcast live http://elearning.etsu.edu/convocationlive.htm.

For more information or for special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Honors College office at (423) 439-6076.

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