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UAS Sitka Campus Commencement on May 2


The University of Alaska Southeast – Sitka will hold its Commencement exercises on Friday May 2 at 7:00 pm in Room 229 on the Sitka Campus. Graduating students, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to attend. The university faculty and staff will join the celebration along with Sitka Campus Advisory Council members.  Graduating students should plan to arrive on campus at 5:30 on Friday May 2 for cap and gown pickup and Commencement rehearsal. 

The Sitka Campus is unusual in that 85% of its students study from cities and rural villages throughout Alaska and in locations around the world. This spring 881 students are enrolled in Sitka Campus academic and professional development coursework. Another 341 students took either on-campus or online “non-credit” (continuing education) courses from the University this semester.

Thirty-six students are receiving diplomas, certificates, and occupational endorsements this spring. A UAS ad in the Sentinel on Friday, April 25 will list their names.

This year’s Commencement speaker will be emerita Professor Dolly Garza, a Haida/Tlingit Alaskan who was born and raised in Ketchikan and spent her working life promoting the wise use of Alaska marine resources. She helped rural communities have a voice in the allocation of natural resources in their areas. Dr. Garza was an instructor in the Alaska Marine Advisory Program, a forerunner of today’s Fisheries program at UAS.

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