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Gov. Otter to speak at Commencement on Saturday

2009. 05. 28.

CALDWELL Commencement Weekend at The College of Idaho begins Friday, May 29 and includes a baccalaureate service, the College's 118th Commencement and reunions for the classes of 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who graduated from The C of I in 1967, will give the commencement address to the nearly 200-member Class of 2009. A President's Medallion will be given to Velma V. Morrison, chairman of the Harry W. Morrison Foundation, Inc. in Boise, and a longtime supporter of the College. Three members of the Class of 1959 will be honored with the Half-Century Society Life Achievement Award – Bruce Downing, Sylvia (Runions) Hunt and J. Morris Johnson.

Otter said The C of I gave him skills he has used in every job he's held, including as governor.

"I remember how professors George Wolfe, Edward Sawyer, Robert Bratz, Margaret Sinclair and Franklin Specht used to challenge us, and now when somebody comes in from an agency and says, 'Hey, we've got this big problem,' I say, 'Well, what are your options?'"

Commencement marks President Bob Hoover's last ceremony at The College of Idaho before his retirement. Dr. Marvin Henberg, former interim president at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., will become the 12th president of The C of I in July.

The schedule for the weekend is:

Friday, May 29 – Baccalaureate at 8 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. This is a contemporary version of the traditional year-end chapel service for graduates, families and friends. The service will include music, student slides and an inspirational message. Dessert reception to follow.

Saturday, May 30 – The College of Idaho commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. in Morrison Quadrangle followed by a lunch for graduates, family and friends in Finney Forest.

Reunion activities will take place throughout the weekend.

For more information about Commencement Weekend activities go to The C of I homepage at