Intercom Online......May 4, 2000

Spring commencement
ceremonies set for May 12-14

 

Governor to speak at Dickinson graduation

The University will hold 2000 spring commencement ceremonies at 23 campus locations the weekend of May 12-14 for 704 associate, 6,232 baccalaureate and 1,243 graduate degree students, 95 with medical degrees and 157 with juris doctorate degrees -- for a total of 8,431 graduates systemwide. A few locations may hold ceremonies at earlier or later dates.

On the University Park campus, 18 students will graduate with associate degrees, 5,195 with baccalaureate degrees, 727 with master's degrees and 187 with doctorates, for a total of 6,127 graduates. Each college at University Park will hold its own ceremony.

Honorary degree recipients at University Park are:

n Actress Jane Alexander, the former chair of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the College of Arts and Architecture at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

n National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Nina Totenberg will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the College of Communications at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Other spring commencement speakers will include two Penn State professors: Wilson Moses, historian and author of Afrotopia: Roots of African American Popular History, and literary critic Robert D. Hume, Evan Pugh professor of English at Penn State and author of works on English drama. Moses will speak at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 14, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Hume will speak at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Jordan Center.

Commencement speakers, times and locations for University Park are:

Friday, May 12

n 3 p.m.: The ROTC commissioning ceremony in Schwab Auditorium.

n 4:30 p.m.: Schreyer Honors College medals ceremony for graduating seniors in Eisenhower Auditorium.

n 8 p.m.: The College of Education commencement ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium. Arthur E. Wise, president of the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education, will speak. Wise first came to national prominence with the 1968 publication of his book Rich Schools, Poor Schools: The Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity, in which he conceived the idea for school finance reform through the judicial system. Since then, 18 state supreme courts have ordered the equalization of state school finance systems.

n 8 p.m.: The College of Engineering commencement ceremony in the Jordan Center. Priscilla Guthrie, vice president of e-business for TRW, will speak. Since joining TRW in 1972, Guthrie has held a series of positions in general, program and technical management for the company. She earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Penn State in 1971 and remains a strong supporter of engineering education at the University.

Saturday, May 13

n 9 a.m.: The Eberly College of Science commencement ceremony in the Jordan Center. The speaker is Gregory Geoffroy, vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maryland and former dean of the Eberly College of Science. During his tenure at Penn State, Geoffroy implemented numerous initiatives that strengthened the quality of instruction and research in the sciences at the University.

n 9 a.m.: The College of Communications commencement ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium. NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg will speak and receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Her coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. Her groundbreaking report about University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judicial Committee to re-open Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

n 11:30 a.m.: The College of Health and Human Development commencement ceremony in the Jordan Center. Nationally recognized economist Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, will speak. The fund is a philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.

n 11:30 a.m.: The College of Arts and Architecture commencement ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium. Actress and former NEA president Jane Alexander will speak and receive an honorary doctorate in fine arts. She has appeared in 40 films -- including "The Cider House Rules" and "Kramer Vs. Kramer," as well as television programs and 100 plays. In 1993 she became the chair of the NEA at a time when the arts organization came under attack. Her leadership helped ensure that NEA would continue to operate. She stepped down from the agency in 1997 to resume acting.

n 3 p.m.: The College of the Liberal Arts commencement ceremony in The Bryce Jordan Center. Internationally renowned literary critic Robert Hume will speak. Hume, Evan Pugh professor of English at Penn State, is widely recognized as the foremost living historian of Restoration and 18th-century theater. He has rediscovered lost manuscripts, plays and theatre rosters of importance to scholars and has published numerous books and articles.

n 3 p.m.: The College of Agricultural Sciences commencement ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium. Diane Blanton, vice president at PNC Advisors and president of Network Energy Inc., will speak. Blanton joined PNC Advisors as vice president in institutional advancements in 1993 and has won top awards at PNC for achieving the highest revenue in new business in 1997 and 1998. In 1998, Blanton also assumed the position of president of Network Energy, a methane gas company that develops and maintains a gas collection system.

n 7 p.m.: The Smeal College of Business Administration commencement ceremony in the Jordan Center. Richard Zimmerman, retired chair and CEO of Hershey, will speak. Zimmerman received a bachelor's degree in commerce from Penn State in 1953 and has remained active with the University.

n 7 p.m.: The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences commencement ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium. G. David Golder, vice president of international production, Marathon Oil Co., will speak. Golder joined Marathon as an intern in 1966 and went on to serve in international management positions for the company.

Sunday, May 14

n 1 p.m.: The Graduate School commencement ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium. Penn State professor Wilson Moses, a renowned historian, will speak. He has emerged as one of the country's leading authorities on black nationalism and is also the author of Afrotopia: Roots of African American Popular History.

Governor to speak at Dickinson graduation

Gov. Tom Ridge, a 1972 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, will deliver the May 26 commencement address at the school.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the nearby Dickinson College campus. During the ceremony an honorary degree will be awarded to the Rt. Hon. Lord Bingham of Cornhill, lord chief justice of England and Wales.

Because this is the last commencement before the official merger of the Law School and Penn State , a short portion of the commencement ceremony will be devoted to a ceremonial acknowledgment of the merger. Participants will include a delegation from the University including Penn State President Graham B. Spanier.

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