April 25, 1996 Vol. 25 No. 31

Graduation ceremonies
to be held May 9-12

Penn State will hold 1996 Spring Commencement ceremonies at all 23 campus locations the weekend of May 10 for 778 associate, 5,050 baccalaureate and 1,189 graduate degree students -- a total of 7,017 graduates systemwide, including 112 medical students.

At the University Park campus, 28 students will graduate with associate degrees, 4,393 with baccalaureate degrees, 777 students with master's degrees and 190 with doctorates, for a total of 5,388 graduates. Each college at University Park will hold its own ceremonies. Information follows:

Friday, May 10:

4:30 p.m.: University Scholars Medals ceremony for graduating seniors in Eisenhower Auditorium.

8 p.m.: Graduate School ceremonies in Eisenhower Auditorium. Juleps B. La Pidus, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, will speak. Dr. La Pidus was appointed associate dean for research in The Ohio State University's graduate school in 1972, and two years later became the school's dean and vice provost for research

8 p.m. ROTC Commissioning Ceremony in Schwab Auditorium. A Navy admiral will address cadets and midshipmen.

Saturday, May 11:

9 a.m.: Eberly College of Science in The Bryce Jordan Center. Mark S. Wrighton, chancellor and professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, will speak. Dr. Wrighton has been chancellor and professor of chemistry at Washington University since 1995. He is the author or co-author of more than 400 research articles and has 14 patents.

9 a.m.: College of Agricultural Sciences in Eisenhower Auditorium. Charles C. Brosius, Pennsylvania secretary of agriculture, will speak. Mr. Brosius graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in dairy science and serves on the University's Board of Trustees.

Noon: College of Health and Human Development in The Bryce Jordan Center. Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, president of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, will speak. Before arriving at Drew University in 1991, Dr. Tuckson served as senior vice president for programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and as the District of Columbia commissioner of public health.

Noon: College of Arts and Architecture in Eisenhower Auditorium. Roch Carrier will speak. Dr. Carrier has been rector of the French Department of Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean since March 1990. He is director of the Canada Council, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Stephen Leacock medal.

3 p.m.: College of Engineering in The Bryce Jordan Center. William L. Weiss, retired chair and CEO of Ameritech, will speak. Ameritech provides service communications and advanced information services to about 12 million customers in the Midwest and has operations abroad. A 1951 graduate of Penn State, Mr. Weiss has received Outstanding Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus awards, as well as numerous professional and educational distinctions, including honorary doctoral degrees from Purdue and DePaul universities and Knox College.

3 p.m.: College of Communications in Eisenhower Auditorium. Carmen Finestra, TV producer, will speak. Mr. Finestra is best known for his work with "The Cosby Show" and as the co-creator and executive producer of "Home Improvement." He graduated from Penn State in 1971.

6:30 p.m.: Smeal College of Business Administration in The Bryce Jordan Center. L.G. Waterhouse, general manager for marketing and business development at IBM, will speak. In 1991 he was appointed to the Board of Visitors of The Smeal College of Business Administration and also is a member of the Conference Board's Council of Planning Executives.

6:30 p.m.: College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in Eisenhower Auditorium. Meteorologist Edward Lorenz, professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive an honorary degree in science and engineering from Penn State and will give the college commencement address. Dr. Lorenz is best known for being the first to describe "deterministic chaos" as a shaper of weather. His discovery altered the landscape of meteorology and other sciences as well, including biology and fluid mechanics.

Sunday, May 12:

1 p.m.: College of the Liberal Arts in The Bryce Jordan Center. Novelist John Barth will receive an honorary degree of humane letters, and John Moore, associate professor of English and comparative studies at Penn State, will speak. John Barth is widely regarded as a highly influential contemporary novelist, one of the inventors of American postmodern fiction and an educator. He completed both bachelor's and master's degrees at Johns Hopkins University, and began his teaching career at Penn State in 1953.

Speaker John Moore joined the Penn State faculty in 1967 and has won nearly every teaching award the University community bestows. A 17th-century scholar, Dr. Moore has been the English department's associate head and director of its honors program and he currently directs the department's undergraduate studies program.

1 p.m.: College of Education in Eisenhower Auditorium. U.S. Rep. Bill Goodling (R-Pa.) from Loganville will speak. He represents the 19th Congressional District in southcentral Pennsylvania. He is chair of the House Economic and Education Opportunities Committee and member of the Committee on the Budget.

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