*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
DATE: Friday, May 13, 2011
TIME: 5 p.m.
PLACE: McGuirk Alumni Stadium
Undergraduate Commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, May 13 at 5 p.m. will feature a videotaped address from alumna and NASA astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman who is currently on board the International Space Station. Coleman will be offering congratulations to the 4,300 Earth-bound graduates at ceremonies at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
All reporters and photographers, including those from on-campus media outlets, must contact the Office of News & Media Relations at 413/545-0444 to obtain passes for the ceremony. Passes will be available for pick-up on the second floor of Munson Hall. Unless other arrangements are made, it is strongly advised that media representatives obtain their passes by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.
In addition to the undergraduate ceremony, Graduate Commencement will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Mullins Center and the Stockbridge School holds its commencement at noon in Bowker Auditorium.
At the undergraduate ceremony, David Gergen, a former White House senior aide to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, will receive an honorary doctorate. Alumnus Jerome M. Paros, an internationally known leader in the field of measurement science, along with alumnus Kenneth L. Brayman, pioneer in diabetes research, scholar, researcher and surgeon, will receive Distinguished Achievement Awards.
During the Graduate School Commencement, more than 1,200 candidates will receive master’s and doctoral degrees. William McKibben, author and environmental activist, will receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony and alumnus, faculty member and legendary musician Yusef A. Lateef will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award.
At the Stockbridge School graduation ceremony, approximately 100 candidates will receive associate of science degrees. The guest speaker will be Scott J. Soares, state commissioner of agriculture and alumnus of UMass Dartmouth.