Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 2:43 pm

St. Ambrose University to hold winter commencement

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Press release submitted by St. Ambrose



DAVENPORT, Iowa—St. Ambrose University will hold its 2012 Winter Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the River Center, 136 East Third St., Davenport. A total of 309 degrees will be conferred, including 186 bachelor's degrees, 76 master's degrees and 47 doctoral degrees.

Seating is open with no tickets required, but guests are encouraged to arrive early. Anyone needing special accommodations should contact the Student Disabilities Services office at 563/333-6275.

Arthur Serianz, a faculty member at St. Ambrose since 1975, will give the 2012 Winter Commencement address.

Currently in his fifth term as chairman of the St. Ambrose Chemistry Department, Serianz has served the university in numerous other administrative capacities, including nine years as chair of the strategic planning committee; four as a co-chair of the institutional self-study committee; and the past two as a member of the advisory board to assist in the creation of the Master of Physician Assistant program. He has been an active participant in university fund-raising and grant writing.

Serianz has been recognized for excellence in teaching on multiple occasions throughout his St. Ambrose career, both by students and his peers. He has authored or co-authored seven published papers in the field of chemistry and made numerous presentations. Serianz has served in numerous volunteer roles in the community, including as president of the board of education at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Davenport.

Serianz earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and his doctoral degree in organic and analytical chemistry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

More information on Winter Commencement can be found by going to www.sau.edu/graduation.