Although the commencement ceremonies tonight for University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Class of 2013 will be the 40th or so event conducted at the new Hempstead Hall venue, the class will make history as the first to receive degrees in the facility.
It is a night of high expectation for UACCH faculty, staff, and administration, as graduating students from both the Hope and Texarkana campuses conduct joint graduation exercises.
Some 484 degrees and certificates in 14 different academic disciplines and 27 areas of technical study will be awarded during the evening, which begins with traditional processional pomp and circumstance at 6 p.m. in the main theater at Hempstead Hall.
“The processional and recessional of students and faculty dressed in academic regalia is a traditional part of these commencement exercises,” the official program for the evening notes. Stemming from the academic traditions of the 12th and 13th centuries, the ceremonial gathering for the conferring of degrees of study proficiency have remained similar for more than 700 years.
Emphasizing the academic importance of the evening will be the keynote address by Dr. Michael Moore, vice president for academic affairs for the University of Arkansas System.
Dr. Moore is a bachelor's degree graduate of Washburn University, with master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, as well as Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington for 20 years, prior to arriving in Arkansas.
Moore is credited with the creation and expansion of online educational programs at UT-A, as well as creation of the University College student success program. He served for 15 years on the State Bar of Texas Committee for Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters, where he conducted pioneering research and writing on legal services for low-income families in Texas. He is the first holder of the Michael K. Moore Award for Research and Writing in the Area of Indigent Defense awarded annually by the State Bar of Texas in his honor.
UACCH Board of Visitors Chair Jerry Pruden will give the congratulatory address, prior to UACCH Vice Chancellor of Academics Dr. Jennifer Methvin's certification of the graduates. UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason will close the ceremonies.