More than 500 students are scheduled to graduate during Angelo State University’s fall commencement ceremonies this Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson St.Graduates of the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services will walk the stage during a 10 a.m. ceremony. Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business will walk the stage in a 2 p.m. ceremony. All of ASU’s commencement activities are open free to the public.

During ASU’s commencement, 131 master’s degrees and 420 bachelor’s degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn 22 master of arts, three master of professional accountancy, five master of business administration, 57 master of education, 28 master of science, four master of science in nursing and 12 master of security studies degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 84 bachelor of arts, 52 bachelor of business administration, three bachelor of cultural competence and security studies, 11 bachelor of fine arts, one bachelor of intelligence, security studies and analysis, 11 bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, three bachelor of music, 176 bachelor of science, 70 bachelor of science in nursing and nine bachelor of security studies degrees.

The commencement speaker will be ASU alum Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of the Buckner International global Christian services organization. A 1981 ASU graduate, Reyes was named president/CEO of Buckner International in 2012. He previously served as president from 2010-12 and as president of Buckner Children and Family Services from 2007-10. Prior to joining Buckner, he served as president of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio from 1996-2006.

The commencement ceremonies will highlight two days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Nursing Department will conduct its fall Pinning Ceremony in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Pinning ceremonies became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students’ completion of nursing education and entry into the profession.

Then on Saturday, the ASU Alumni Association will host a come-and-go celebration for all graduates, alumni, and their families and friends from noon to 5 p.m. in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave. Graduates can pick up their official ASU Alumni coins and receive a complimentary year of membership in the Alumni Association. Light refreshments will be served.