UMass Amherst Announces Commencement Events

AMHERST, Mass. - Below is a listing of Commencement Weekend Events at UMass:

Graduate School Ceremony

The Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts will hold its Commencement ceremony Sat. May 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the William D. Mullins Memorial Center. Approximately 1,300 graduate students are candidates for master''s or doctoral degrees. Three honorary degrees will be conferred during the ceremony. The recipients are: Evan S. Dobelle, University alumnus and president of Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.; Ahmed M. Kathrada, South African freedom-fighter and former member of the South African Parliament; and Bruce M. Penniman, University alumnus and 1999 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. There will be no keynote speaker.

Charlena Seymour, dean of the Graduate School, will offer a welcome. Chancellor David K. Scott and University President William Bulger will address the candidates.

Stockbridge Graduation

The Stockbridge School will hold its Commencement Sat. May 20 at 2 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. About 120 students are candidates for the two-year associate of science degree in six different majors. Keynote speaker is Jeffrey B. LaFleur, 1988 Stockbridge alumnus and executive director of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association.

Phi Beta Kappa Installation

The annual induction ceremony for juniors and seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University will be held Sat. May 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium. A total of 208 new members will be inducted into the campus chapter of the nation''s most prestigious undergraduate honor society. Keynote speaker is Richard D. O''Brien, former chancellor and current head of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology; occasional poet is Robert Bagg, professor emeritus of English. A reception for new members and their families will follow the ceremony. All Phi Beta Kappa members and members of the University community are invited to attend.

Nurses''Pinning and Hooding Ceremony

The School of Nursing will hold its Commencement Celebration: Pinning and Hooding Sat. May 20 at 3 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center. A total of 154 undergraduate students will receive their nurse''s pins and 46 students will receive their master''s and doctoral hoods during the ceremonies. Keynote speaker for the event is Barbara Guthrie, assistant professor and research scientist at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her talk is titled "Nursing: The Challenge to Take the STANCE." Chancellor David K. Scott will deliver a welcome.

ROTC Vommissioning

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) will hold its joint Army-Air Force commissioning at 5 p.m. Sat. May 20 in Bowker Auditorium. Keynote speaker is Col. Martin Mazick, commander, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee. Chancellor David K. Scott will also address the cadets.

At the ceremony, 20 cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants. The Army ROTC will commission 15 cadets, 11 from UMass and four from Western New England College (WNEC). The Air Force ROTC will commission five, two from UMass, two from WNEC, and one from Smith College.

Undergraduate Commencement

The University will hold its 130th Commencement on Sun. May 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Approximately 4,000 undergraduates are candidates for bachelor''s degrees.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony is tennis champion and equal rights activist Billie Jean King. Chancellor David K. Scott will give the welcome and University President William M. Bulger will offer remarks.

King will receive an honorary degree during the ceremonies. Three others will also be awarded honorary degrees: Jeffrey A. Davidow, University alumnus and U.S. ambassador to Mexico; Eugene M. Isenberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Nabors Industries Inc., Houston, Texas, also a University alumnus; and Edgar E. Smith, former vice president for academic affairs for the UMass system.

Student speaker is journalism major Litza J. Melendez, of Amherst.

Note: Media passes are required to gain access to the field at Alumni Stadium for coverage of the undergraduate Commencement ceremonies May 21. Contact the News Office at 413/545-0444 to obtain a pass.

A tape of the undergraduate ceremony will be available through UVC-TV19 at UMass. Cost is $30, including shipping. Individuals may order a tape by calling 413/545-1283, or sending a check for $30 made out to UVC-TV19, 216 Student Union Building, P.O. Box 37310, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. 01003-7310. Delivery will be in six to eight weeks.