Bryan's graduation set May 9
May 06, 2009

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Bryan officials are keeping close tabs on weather forecasts as graduation for the Class of 2009 is scheduled for Saturday, May 9.Graduates march to the 2008 commencement ceremony.


More than 180 students, including seven MBA students, are expected to receive degrees during the commencement service on the Triangle.


A week of rainy weather has led officials to review a contingency plan in case of rain. “We’re praying we don’t have to move graduation indoors because we want all our graduates’ families and friends to be able to attend the ceremony in person,” Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White said. “Last year, we had nearly 1,800 guests at commencement, so preparing suitable locations inside for all, while doable, would be a challenge.”


A highlight of the weekend will be recognition of some 25 members of the Class of 1959, who are expected to return to campus for their Golden Anniversary reunion. “Golden Grad” Marilyn Laszlo will serve as alumni marshal for the graduation ceremony and will welcome members of the class of 2009 into the Bryan Alumni Association.


Festivities are to begin May 8, when the Class of 1959 gathers for lunch, reminiscing, and campus tours. That evening, seniors will present a Vespers service reflecting on their years at Bryan followed by a reception at the President's home for graduates and their guests.


Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Faculty members will present a number of awards to graduates, and senior Michael Reneau, from Ooltewah, Tenn., a communication studies major, will deliver the commencement address.