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University marks 154th Commencement

The University will hold its 154th Commencement for graduates in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 16, on the Eastman Quadrangle. More than 960 bachelor's degrees and 240 master's degrees will be conferred at the ceremony.

Hutchison Medal recipient Barry Meyer '64, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc., will be the Commencement speaker. Acclaimed author Andrea Barrett and Arunas Chesonis, chairman and chief executive officer of PAETEC Communications Inc., will both receive honorary degrees and make remarks to the audience.

Also at the College ceremony, Curt Signorino, assistant professor of political science and director of the Peter D. Watson Center for Conflict and Cooperation, will receive the G. Graydon '58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty. He has taught courses in political methodology and international conflict at the University since 1997.

The schedule for Commencement ceremonies for graduates of other divisions is:

  • School of Medicine and Dentistry, M.D. graduates: 11 a.m. Sunday, May 9, Eastman Theatre. Nobel Prize-winning cancer researcher Harold Varmus will be the speaker and receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. There will be 103 M.D. degrees awarded by the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

  • School of Medicine and Dentistry, master's degree: 4 p.m. Thursday, May 13, Adolph Auditorium, Room 1-7619 at the Medical Center. Robert Joynt, former vice president and vice provost for health affairs at the University, will speak. He also is former dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and past chair of the Department of Neurology and holds the title of Distinguished University Professor. There are 95 candidates for master's degrees from the medical school.

  • Doctoral candidates from all divisions: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, Eastman Theatre. W. Jackson Hall, who joined the University in 1969 as professor and chair of the Department of Statistics, will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Graduate Education Award, and Arie Bodek, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, will receive the University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. The Distinguished Scholar Award, given to doctoral graduates who have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, industry, or government, will be presented to Kevin Campbell '79M (PhD) and Siddhartha Dalal '76 (PhD). A total of 215 doctoral degrees will be awarded at the Saturday morning ceremony.

  • School of Nursing: 11 a.m., Sunday, May 16, River Road Auditorium. Linda Janczak, president and chief executive officer of Thompson Health in Canandaigua, will address the audience. There are 80 candidates for a bachelor's degree and 43 candidates for a master's degree in the School of Nursing.

  • Eastman School of Music: 11:15 a.m., Sunday, May 16, Eastman Theatre. Mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle '66E (MM) will be the speaker. There are 103 bachelor's degree candidates and 110 master's degree candidates from the Eastman School.

  • Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development: 11:15 a.m., Sunday, May 16, Interfaith Chapel. Doctoral student Lynn Gatto, who was named New York State's "Teacher of the Year" for 2004, will deliver the Commencement address. Seventy candidates are to receive their master's degrees from the Warner School.

  • William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration: 10 a.m., Sunday, June 13, Eastman Theatre. Muriel Siebert, the first woman member of the New York Stock Exchange and a former superintendent of banking for New York, will be the speaker at the June ceremony and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

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