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APSU Commencement Address to be given by professor Mike Gotcher on December 9th


Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On December 9th, Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of communication and interim executive director of Extended Education at Austin Peay State University, will deliver the keynote address at the APSU’s Winter Commencement.

He will speak at both commencement ceremonies, at 9:00am and 2:00pm, in the University’s Dunn Center.

APSU professor Mike Gotcher to give Winter Commencement address.

APSU professor Mike Gotcher to give Winter Commencement address.

Gotcher received his Bachelor of Arts degree from APSU and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

During his long professional career with Austin Peay, he has served as a professor, chair of the Department of Communication and interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

He has helped developed several academic programs, directed around 100 graduate theses and research projects and served on numerous University committees.

In 1994, Gotcher was honored for his scholarly work with the University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award. Last May, he received the 2016 APSU National Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award.

He assumed his new role as interim executive director of Extended Education on August 15th, 2016.

In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony, featuring candidates from the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science and Mathematics, will begin at 9:00am. The second ceremony, featuring degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, will begin at 2:00pm.

APSU offers a free live Web cast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the Web cast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.

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