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Originally published: 2014-05-10 16:27:06
Last modified: 2014-05-10 16:38:57

2,500-plus graduates

Many donned the gold and black gowns of Appalachian State University this weekend as the university is honoring more than 2,500 graduates.

The university held ceremonies for graduates Friday and Saturday and will conclude spring graduation today with commencement for College of Arts and Sciences, the Hayes School of Music and the Walker College of Business students.

Each of the university's degree-granting colleges or schools hold individual ceremonies.

ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock spoke to graduates Saturday and will again today.

Peacock, who is retiring from his post this year, has led the university since 2004.

He joined ASU's accounting faculty in 1983 and served as the dean of the Walker College of Business from 1992 to 2003.

He was serving as interim provost when hired as chancellor in 2004.

In comments before graduates Saturday, he said he feels bittersweet about leaving Appalachian, but he was excited to share this experience with the students.

"I know how you feel," Peacock said, adding, that both he and the graduates are  "moving forward together ... into a new chapter of our lives."

 "People will forget what you said and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," he told them.

Peacock will be speaking to the graduates of the Walker College of Business at 3:30 p.m. today.



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