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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:42 pm | Updated: 6:33 am, Fri May 4, 2012.

More than 10,000 students are set to graduate with pomp and circumstance from Arizona State University this spring at ceremonies spread throughout the week.

The undergraduate ceremony, which will feature Tom Brokaw as the commencement speaker, will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sun Devil Stadium. It can be viewed live on ASUtv or online at

Browkaw, the former news anchor and former managing editor of NBC’s Nightly News, will also receive an honorary degree for his contributions to the field of journalism. He received the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalistic Excellence from the Cronkite School in 2006.

More than 1,000 graduate students will have their degrees conferred at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena.

This year, 289 veterans will graduate from ASU. To symbolize their service, they received special red, white and blue cords to wear during graduation.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will award degrees to 3,350 graduates in total, while Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will graduate 183 students. The School of Sustainability, which first started enrolling undergraduate students in 2008, will graduate 115 bachelors, five masters and one doctoral student. The School of Theater and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will graduate 77 undergraduate students, four master’s students and one doctoral student.

The Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering will graduate a total 1,058 students and the W. P. Carey School of Business will have about double that number.

Additionally, the ASU Alumni Association has invited the 1962 “Golden Class” back for a 50 year reunion. The class includes notable alums such as former Congressman Harry Mitchell, journalist Sel Yackley, who worked for the United Press International and the Chicago Tribune and now owns a public relations business, and Nancy Pressendo, who first worked as a researcher at Barrow Neurological Institute before receiving her master’s degree in 1992 from ASU and working in information technology.

Free parking will be available throughout the Tempe campus, except for metered spaces and residence hall lots. Parking information for commencement and convocation ceremonies can be found at

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