Commencement ceremonies Dec. 9-10 recognize fall degree candidates, summer graduates
Monday, Dec. 5, 2022
Commencement ceremonies for Kansas State University will be Dec. 9 in Manhattan and Salina, and Dec. 10 in Manhattan. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — More than 1,100 students are candidates for graduation from Kansas State University this fall, with commencement ceremonies set for Friday, Dec. 9, in Manhattan and Salina, and Saturday, Dec. 10, in Manhattan.
Ceremony information, including parking and accommodations, as well as a live webcast of the Manhattan campus ceremonies, will be available on the K-State graduation website.
To be awarded this fall will be more than 935 bachelor's degrees, 250 master's degrees and more than 50 doctorates. More than 80 students will be earning multiple degrees. The graduates-to-be also include 245 students who are earning their degrees through a K-State Online program. These graduates are being recognized at the K-State Online virtual commencement site.
The following is the schedule and speakers for ceremonies on Dec. 9:
• Graduate School, 1 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum. Regent Jon Rolph will represent the Kansas Board of Regents at the ceremony. K-State President Richard H. Linton will be the speaker.
• K-State Salina, 7 p.m., Student Life Center, Salina. Thomas Lane, vice president for student life and dean of students at K-State, will be the speaker.
Also on Dec. 9 will be the Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion commissioning ceremony at 10 a.m. in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Commissioning officer and guest speaker will be U.S. Army Col. Michael Foote, Fort Riley garrison commander.
The following is the schedule and speakers for ceremonies on Dec. 10:
• College of Arts and Sciences, 8:30 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum. Philip Nel, university distinguished professor of English, will be the speaker. Nel is co-founder and directs the graduate program in children's literature at K-State, and he is the author or co-editor of 13 books and more than 50 articles.
• College of Education, 10 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum. Sally Lopez Gurrola, fifth-grade teacher at Oliver Brown Elementary School in Manhattan, will be the speaker. Lopez earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from K-State in 2021 and will graduate in May 2023 with a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.
• College of Business Administration, 11:30 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum. The speaker will be Randy Buseman, retired partner and director of strategic growth markets practice at Ernst & Young. Buseman is a K-State alumnus and longtime supporter of the university.
• College of Agriculture, 1 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum. Troy Anderson, vice president of operations for Ardent Mills LLC in Denver, will be the speaker. Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in milling science and management from K-State.
• College of Health and Human Sciences, 2:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum. The speaker will be Don Munce, entrepreneurial leader in marketing and enrollment planning services in higher education. Munce earned his master's degree in adolescent development from K-State.
• Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, 4 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum. Michael Wiegers, vice president of consumer engineering at Garmin International in Olathe, will be the speaker. Wiegers is a 1982 graduate of K-State in electrical engineering and was named the College of Engineering 2018 Alumni Fellow at K-State.