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University celebrates Commencement 2002

More than 1,200 bachelor's and master's degrees from the College and the School of Nursing will be conferred during Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19, at 9 a.m. on the Eastman Quadrangle.

James O. Freedman, president emeritus of Dartmouth College and past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Paul Horn, senior vice president and director of research for IBM, are slated speakers. Freedman will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Horn will be presented with the Hutchison Medal, the highest honor the University gives its alumni.


There will also be two teaching awards presented to University faculty. Rita D'Aoust, senior associate in the School of Nursing, will receive the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She has developed two new accelerated programs for non-nurses who already have baccalaureate degrees in other programs and is a recipient of the school's Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Randall Halle, assistant professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, will receive the G. Graydon Curtis and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching. In addition to German, Halle teaches courses in comparative literature, film studies, women's studies, and visual and cultural studies, and has sponsored such extracurricular activities as a series of roundtables on global conflict in response to the events of September 11.


For the second year in a row, the College is making the ceremony available online as a Webcast, streaming images and audio of the ceremony to computer users worldwide. Originally broadcast live on the Internet, the Webcast will remain available online through the Commencement Web site at www.rochester. edu/commencement.

The School of Medicine and Dentistry will hold Commencement ceremonies for its master's degree candidates at 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Adolph Auditorium at the Medical Center.

Commencement ceremonies for doctoral candidates from all divisions will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Eastman Theatre. Michael Tanenhaus, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, will receive the University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Both colleagues and students praise Tanenhaus for his critical yet supportive style that inspires vision and originality in his students.

The Eastman School of Music will honor its graduates on Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 a.m. in Eastman Theatre. Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Ron Carter, who also will receive the Hutchison Medal, is the school's Commencement speaker.


The ceremony for students in the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 a.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. Graduate student Lorraine Gianvecchio will speak.

The Commencement ceremony for M.D. graduates of the School of Medicine and Dentistry will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26, in Eastman Theatre. John W. Rowe '70 (MD), chairman, president, and CEO of Aetna Inc., will give the address and will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 16, in Eastman Theatre and feature Commencement speaker B. Thomas Golisano, founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Paychex, Inc.

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