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May 10, 2010

Commencements celebrate achievement

Danny Wegman

Danny Wegman, chief executive officer of Wegmans Food Markets and a University trustee, will address graduates and guests at the 160th College commencement on Sunday, May 16.

Teaching awards to be given at commencement

During the 9 a.m. ceremony on the Eastman Quadrangle, Wegman and William Scott Green, dean emeritus of the College and senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education as well as professor of religious studies at the University of Miami, will each be awarded the George Eastman Medal. The medal is given by the University for outstanding achievement and dedicated service.

The University will recognize the achievements of graduates who have earned a total of 2,688 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees awarded in all schools throughout this weekend. President Joel Seligman will preside at each of the commencement ceremonies.

Several honorary degrees and medals that applaud outstanding academic and professional accomplishments will be awarded during this weekend’s ceremonies.

Honorary doctor of science degrees will be awarded to Linda Birnbaum ’67, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, and Benjamin Carson Sr., director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Carson also will be the keynote speaker at the Medical School’s commencement on Friday, May 14.

Cornelius Eady, a native Rochesterian who is now an acclaimed poet and playwright at the University of Notre Dame, and Richard Thaler ’70 (MA), ’74 (PhD), a pioneer and preeminent theorist in the field of behavioral economics at the University of Chicago, will receive honorary degrees. Eady will be awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree; Thaler will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

Robert Keegan ’72 S (MBA)will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and deliver the commencement address at the Simon School’s commencement on June 13.

The Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal, presented in recognition of outstanding achievement and notable service to the community, state, or nation, will be awarded to three alumni: Cathy Minehan ’68, former president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a University trustee; Arthur Moss ’62 M (Res), professor of medicine at the Medical Center; and Vincent Lenti ’60E, ’63E (MA), lecturer in piano and Eastman School historian.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 14
School of Nursing. 1 p.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

School of Medicine and Dentistry MD Candidates. 4 p.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Saturday, May 15

Doctoral Degree Ceremony (for PhD, EdD, DMA, and DNP candidates from all schools). 9:30 a.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

School of Medicine and Dentistry MA, MPH, and MS candidates. 12:15 p.m. Kilbourn Hall.

Warner School. 2:30 p.m. Strong Auditorium.

Sunday, May 16

The College (bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates). 9 a.m. Eastman Quadrangle.

Eastman School. 11:15 a.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Sunday, June 13
Simon School. 10 a.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

In addition, Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall in New York, will be awarded the Eastman School’s Luminary Award at Eastman’s ceremony, at which he will give the commencement address. Gillinson is the third recipient of the Luminary Award, which recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary service to music and the arts at the community and national levels. The award was first presented in 2006 to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and then in 2007 to Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Christopher Seaman.

Particle physicist, Young-Kee Kim ’90 (PhD), will receive the Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award. The award recognizes graduate alumni who have achieved distinguished careers in academia, industry, government, or the arts.

The University Dean’s Award for Meritorious Service in PhD Defenses will be presented to four faculty members who have demonstrated their commitment to graduate education by serving as chairs of oral examination committees. They are: Govind Agrawal, professor of optics and of physics, senior scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics; Thomas DiPiero, professor of French and of visual and cultural studies, senior associate dean of humanities; Denise Hocking, associate professor of pharmacology and physiology and of biomedical engineering; and Harold Smith, professor of biochemistry and biophysics.

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