Eastern Wyoming College Announces Commencement Speaker
May 4, 2008
TORRINGTON, WY -
Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that First Lady Nancy Freudenthal has been invited to be the speaker at the 59th annual commencement ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Friday May 9, 2008 at 7:00 PM in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium.
Nancy Freudenthal was born and raised in Cody, Wyoming and earned both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming. She served under former Wyoming Governors Ed Herschler and Mike Sullivan and joined the law firm of Davis & Cannon in 1995. She has continued practicing in the firm's Cheyenne office while serving as Wyoming's first lady.
Nancy is a co-chair for a nationwide initiative known as Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free. The Leadership is a collaboration of almost 50 current and emeritus spouses of governors working together in a nonpartisan effort to increase public awareness, engage policymakers, and mobilize action to stop childhood drinking. In 2004, she accepted an invitation to be a member of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Underage Drinking Initiative Steering Committee. Nancy sits on the board of the Wyoming Women's Foundation, whose focus is to improve the economic well-being of women in Wyoming. The foundation works toward building an endowment fund to help remove barriers for women in attaining economic self sufficiency and widening opportunities for young girls in Wyoming for years to come. In 2004, the foundation awarded $50,000 in grant money. She also serves on the University of Wyoming Art Museum National Advisory Board, whose mission is to promote education, awareness and understanding of the visual arts and its impact on our culture to students, residents, and visitors of Wyoming. Nancy has long championed other issues important to Wyoming families. She works with and participates in the annual Governor's Roundtable on Children and Families; the annual National Scholastic Read; the annual Governor's Capitol Art Show and Sale; the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure; and is on the Advisory Board for the Family Economic Self Sufficiency Project. The Freudenthals have four children: Don is a firefighter; Hillary recently graduated from law school; Bret is in graduate school; and Katie is a college junior.
Commencement activities will begin with a steak fry for graduates and their families in the Student Center at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9th. The commencement ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a processional from Janet Howard, Pianist. Lynnea Bartlett will serve as the Director of Ceremonies. The National Anthem will be sung by EWC employee, Aaron Bahmer.
Dr. Richard Holcomb will then provide a welcome and introduce the guests on stage. These guest will include Freudenthal, the Board of Trustees, Foundation members and EWC Administrators. Miss Spring Moore, Student Senate President will provide a welcome on behalf of the students. Freudenthal will then address the graduates.
Wayne Deahl and Janet Martindale, Division Chairs, will present the candidates for graduation. Following will be the presentation of Diplomas by Sherri Lovercheck, President of the College Board of Trustees. Eastern Wyoming College Foundation President, Patrick Korell will then present the 2008 Distinguished Alumni award to Charles H. Brown, III. The closing remarks will be spoken by Bartlett.
For more information about the commencement ceremony, please call the College at 307.532.8200.