*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
DATE: Friday, May 10, 2013
TIME: 5-6:30 p.m.
PLACE: McGuirk Alumni Stadium
Undergraduate Commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, May 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. will feature a keynote address by Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express. He will speak to the 5,500 graduates at ceremonies at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Chenault will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony.
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 first floor of Munson Hall, room 109. Unless other arrangements are made, it is strongly advised that media representatives obtain their passes by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8.
In addition to the undergraduate ceremony, Graduate Commencement will be held Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m. in the Mullins Center. The Stockbridge School holds its commencement on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. in Bowker Auditorium.
At the Undergraduate Commencement, alumna Elaine N. Marieb, acclaimed textbook author, educator and philanthropist, and alumnus Charles F. Perrell, investor and principal, Perrell Ventures, will receive Distinguished Achievement Awards. These awards recognize high accomplishment in a given field or profession and notable contributions to society.
At the Graduate School Commencement, more than 1,200 candidates will receive master’s and doctoral degrees. Health care executive Hank J. Porten will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Graduate Commencement.
At theStockbridge School graduation ceremony, approximately 100 candidates will receive associate of science degrees. Steve Goodwin, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, will offer brief remarks.