Eastern Wyoming College has announced that Wyoming Secretary of State Edward A. Buchanan will be the commencement speaker at the 69th annual event to be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
Secretary Buchanan was appointed Wyoming’s 22nd Secretary of State by Governor Mead on March 1, 2018. Secretary Buchanan serves as the State’s Chief Elections Officer, Securities Commissioner, Corporations Administrator, and Notaries Public Commissioner. Additionally, he chairs the State Canvassing Board and serves with Wyoming’s other statewide elected officials on the State Loan and Investment Board, the Board of Land Commissioners and the State Building Commission.
Secretary Buchanan grew up in Goshen County, Wyoming on his family’s farm and ranch on Rawhide Creek. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he was commissioned in the United State Air Force and served as an intelligence briefer to senior command. While in uniform, he received a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Upon his return to civilian life, Ed attended the University of Wyoming College of Law when he was awarded a place on the Board of Advocates. Ed returned to Goshen County upon graduation, where he established and grew a successful law practice in Torrington.
In 2002, Ed was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives and represented Goshen County for ten years while continuing to run his law practice in Torrington. During this tenure in the legislature he served as Chairman of Judiciary, Majority Floor Leader and as Speaker of the House. Secretary Buchanan enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and he remains actively involved in his community. On free weekends he enjoys flying across the skies of Wyoming as a licensed pilot.
A graduation barbecue for students and their families will be held in the Student Center from 4:00 – 6:00 pm prior to the commencement ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm with a processional provided by Janet Howard, Pianist. Dr. Rex Cogdill, Vice President for Student Services, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Dr. Lesley Travers, President, will then provide a welcome and introduce special guests.
Following the address by Secretary Buchanan, EWC Foundation President Mr. Todd Peterson will then present the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Albert C. Conger Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Roger Humphrey, Vice President for Academic Services, will present the candidates for graduation. Following will be the presentation of degrees and certificates by Mr. John Patrick, President of the Board of Trustees.
For more information about Commencement at EWC, please call 307.532.8303.
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