The class of 2014 is the 147th to graduate from the university since the first class graduated in 1867.
To be awarded will be more than 2,550 bachelor’s degrees; 676 master’s degrees; 118 doctoral degrees; 100 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees; and nearly 30 associate degrees. About 240 students are earning their degree through distance education, which is offered through Kansas State University Global Campus.
Commencement for K-State Salina will be 10 a.m. May 10 in the Student Life Center. The speaker will be Todd Smith, general manager, Coperion K-Tron Salina.
Ceremonies on the Manhattan campus start May 16 with commencement for the Graduate School at 1 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum. John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, will be the speaker for the ceremony. Hofmeister, a Kansas State University alumnus, is a member of the U.S. Energy Security Council and former president of Shell Oil Co. At the ceremony he will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the university, the 127th person to receive the honor. Previous recipients include such distinguished individuals as Dwight D. Eisenhower, the U.S. president and military leader; Alf Landon, the former Kansas governor and Republican presidential candidate; Gordon Parks, a noted photographer; and Aaron Copland, a famous composer.
Commencement for the College of Veterinary Medicine will be at 3:30 p.m. May 16 in McCain Auditorium. Lawrence Bramlage, co-owner and surgeon for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, will deliver the commencement address.
Representing the Kansas Board of Regents at both ceremonies May 16 will be Regent Mildred Edwards, Topeka.
The schedule and speakers for May 17 ceremonies are:
• College of Arts and Sciences, 8:30 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy.
• College of Architecture, Planning & Design, 10 a.m., McCain Auditorium, with Colin Noble, president and CEO of Noble Hospitality Inc., a hotel management and renovation company.
• College of Education, 11 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with Robert Shoop, Kansas State University professor emeritus of educational leadership.
• College of Business Administration, 12:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with university alumnus Richard Myers, retired U.S. Air Force general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
• College of Agriculture, 2:15 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with university alumna Jackie McClaskey, secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
• College of Human Ecology, 4:15 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with Diane Parks, vice president of sales for the nephrology business unit of Amgen, an international biopharmaceutical company.
• College of Engineering, 6:15 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University.
DVDs of the ceremonies may be ordered through the K-State Student Union Bookstore at 800-KSU-CATS or 785-532-6583.
Also at commencement weekend, the university’s Army and Air Force ROTC units will have commissioning ceremonies at 10 a.m. May 16 in Forum Hall at the Union.