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COMMENCEMENT: Dr. James Bowns to Lead Commencement Processional

Published: April 30, 2004 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Category: Commencement

Southern Utah University’s 2004 Commencement is on May 8. The traditional Processional will serpentine down campus into the Centrum Arena for the Main Commencement Ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m.

The Processional will be led by the Marshal, an honor usually bestowed upon a distinguished, senior member of faculty. The Marshal carries a mace, an instrument of pomp in a commencement ceremony.

This year’s Marshal is James E. Bowns Jr., professor of forestry and range management in the biology department. James received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree from Utah State University. He has been teaching at SUU since 1965.

The mace of SUU was sculpted by Carol Ann Lind, granddaughter of J. Howard Maughn, president of the Institution (then-known as Branch Agricultural College) from 1922-29. The ornate piece signifies order and authority in the academic profession, and is carried at an angle of 45-degrees across the chest.

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