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Indiana State University will award 699 at its winter commencement ceremonies this weekend at the Holman Center.

There will be two ceremonies: the alumni commencement ceremony at 6pm on Friday (doors will open at 5pm) and the undergraduate commencement ceremony at noon on Saturday (doors will open at 10:30am).

Of the 699 degrees, there are 526 undergraduate degrees and 173 graduate degrees – 31 PhD degrees, 18 Education Specialist (EdS) degrees, 118 Master’s degrees, and 6 graduate degrees.

Alumni are from 34 US states and 11 countries including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Nepal, Ivory Coast, India, Colombia, Malawi, and Bangladesh.

State Representative Tim Brown, a longtime supporter of higher education and Indiana State University, will receive an honorary doctorate from ISU during the commencement ceremony.

Graduate students and their families and friends will hear student and alumni speakers.

Scott Watson, the alumni spokesperson on Friday is Attorney Dr. Scott Watson, former president of the Indiana State University Alumni Association and currently serves on the Indiana State University Foundation Board. A native of Clinton, Indiana, he holds two degrees from ISU: a BA in English Language Teaching in 1985 and an MA in Secondary Education in 1989. Watson works as an office manager in the Chicago and Indianapolis offices of the law firm Quarles & Brady LLP. Specializing in labor and employment issues, Watson served as the former national president of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and former managing partner of the Chicago office before moving into the administrative side of the house.

Graduate doctoral student Jamie L. Haney will serve as the graduate student spokesperson. Hani graduated with a Ph.D. in educational administration with a focus on higher education. This is her second graduate degree from Indiana State University, following her Master of Science degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education in 2014. Hani has served as the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Services at the Graduate School of University of Illinois at Chicago since 2019. With her Ph.D. After completion, she plans to continue her career in university administration.

ISU alumnus Pamela De Boer, owner of six McDonald’s restaurants in central Indiana, will serve as the undergraduate alumni speaker on Saturday. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Marketing from ISU and then started working at USA Funds, holding various positions, the latest being Marketing Director. When her husband, James Burr, became the owner and operator of McDonald’s, she helped him in the business. She enjoyed it so much that she made the decision to focus on becoming a studio owner herself. Deeply rooted in the Indianapolis community, Poore has received many accolades and recognitions, including the Black History Maker of Tomorrow Award.

The undergraduate student spokeswoman is Rebecca Ann Conners, who completed the Adult Professional Education program. As an experienced 911 communications specialist and instructor, Conners has extensive knowledge of emergency services and customer service. Conners began her career as a 911 professional in 2016. Upon graduation, she plans to earn an ENP certification through NENA, a national 911 organization, and pursue a master’s degree in public administration or sociology. I grew up in Gary, Indiana.

Ceremonies will be broadcast live to allow additional family and friends the opportunity to celebrate with the graduates in real time. Visit the getting started web page for information.