UNK to award 365 degrees at commencement Friday

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Published: Dec. 14, 2018 at 7:35 AM CST
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UNK will hand out 365 undergraduate and graduate degrees at commencement exercises 10 a.m. Friday at University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the UNK Health and Sports Center, located at 24th Street and 15th Avenue in Kearney.

ESPN and Fox Sports broadcaster and UNK alumna Brenda VanLengen is the featured speaker. A three-sport standout athlete at Roseland High School, VanLengen played basketball for the Lopers from 1984-87 and was a two-time Academic All-American. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business education with an athletic training endorsement in 1987, then became a basketball coach at Kearney High School.

She went on to study at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she coached as a graduate assistant. Her career in sports broadcasting began in 1995 when she called Husker games for NET Television, and she was later hired by Fox Sports as an analyst for Big 12, ACC and SEC games, eventually becoming Fox’s top analyst for Big 12 games. In 2001 she began calling tournament games for ESPN’s first-round coverage of the NCAA Tournament and Division II National Championship broadcasts. Her work has grown to include play-by-play for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Final Four coverage, WNBA Finals, ESPNU and World University Games. She lives in Olathe, Kansas, and is an advocate for physical education in schools. In 2008, she received UNK’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Lindsey L. Smith of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, is student speaker. She will graduate Friday summa cum laude with a bachelor in sports management. A standout volleyball player at UNK, she has been active in Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Chancellor’s Leadership Class. A three-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll member, she also received the MIAA Excellence Award.

The Choraleers, directed by David Bauer, UNK professor of Music, Theater and Dance, will perform a pre-commencement concert and processional, “Canzon Duodecimi Toni,” by Giovanni Gabrieli. The national anthem will be performed by Alyssa Olsen.

If you plan to attend, you should park in the west lots. Visitors with handicap permits can park east of the Health and Sports Center. Those transporting a handicapped person will have access to drop off the person on the east side of the complex but will need to move their vehicle to another lot.

For those who can't make it you will still be able to watch it live

. You can also follow @UNKearney and #lopergrad on Twitter to see photos and posts

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