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May 14th, 2009
Texas State to graduate largest class

Texas State will graduate about 3,500 students this weekend at Strahan Coliseum.


Texas State will graduate its largest class ever, about 3,500 students, in ceremonies to take place Friday and Saturday at Strahan Coliseum.

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will give the keynote address Saturday at 10 a.m. to graduates from the College of Applied Arts and the College of Fine Arts.

Texas State University President Denise Trauth will give the keynote speeches at the other three graduation ceremonies.

Graduates from the College of Science and the McCoy College of Business will walk the aisle Friday at 10 a.m. The ceremony for graduates from the College of Education and the College of Health Professions will take place Friday at 2 p.m. The College of Liberal Arts and University College will graduate Friday at 6 p.m.

The university is asking graduates and their guests to arrive early for convenient parking and seating accessibility in Strahan Coliseum. Because of National Fire Protection safety codes, Strahan Coliseum is likely to reach capacity.

The university also asks that each graduation candidate limit the number of guests to no more than five.

As a precautionary measure, due to the recent health concerns of the H1N1 virus, Texas State asks that anyone who feels ill or who has recently come in contact with people who exhibit flu-like symptoms consider not attending the commencement ceremony. Likewise, the university requests that anyone with chronic medical problems and those most vulnerable to viral illness – children younger than five, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems – consider not attending the commencement ceremony.

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