Busy Schedule of Commencement Weekend Events Announced by UMass Amherst

Graduate School Ceremony

AMHERST, Mass. – The Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts will hold its Commencement ceremony Sat. May 23 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: Abbott Lowell Cummings, professor emeritus at Yale University; UMass alumnus and horticulturist Michael Dirr; and historian Darlene Clark Hine. There will be no keynote speaker.

University President William M. Bulger, Amherst Chancellor David K. Scott, and Graduate Dean Charlena M. Seymour will all participate in the ceremony.

Stockbridge Graduation

Stockbridge School of Agriculture will hold its Commencement Sat. May 23 at 2 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. About 125 students are candidates for the two-year associate of science degree in six different majors.

Keynote speaker is Mark J. Tobin, 1976 Stockbridge alumnus and president of Hartney Greymont Inc., a tree and landscape company based in Needham.

Phi Beta Kappa installation is May 23 at 2:30 p.m. in Campus Center

The annual induction ceremony for juniors and seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University will be held Sat. May 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium. A total of 172 new members will be inducted into the campus chapter of the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate honor society. Keynote speaker is Edward A. Dubilo, 1971 UMass alumnus and member of the UMass Board of Trustees; occasional poet is local writer Michael Pettit. 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 Ceremony

A total of 199 students will receive their nurse’s pin in ceremonies Sat. May 23 in the Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center beginning at 3 p.m. The pin is a symbol that the wearer is a professional nurse and indicates the student has completed the program of study for the bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University.

Keynote speaker for the program is Jacquelyn Campbell, director of the doctoral program in nursing at Johns Hopkins University. Chancellor David K. Scott will offer welcoming remarks.

ROTC Commissioning

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) will hold its joint Army-Air Force commissioning at 5 p.m. Sat. May 23 in Bowker Auditorium. Keynote speaker is Col. Thomas W. Mahler Jr., director of the acquisition development office at the Electronic System Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, Mass. Chancellor David K. Scott will also address the cadets.

At the ceremony, 16 cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants. The Army ROTC will commission seven cadets, six from UMass and one from Westfield State College. The Air Force ROTC will commission nine, six from UMass and one cadet each from Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Western New England colleges.

Undergraduate Commencement

The University will hold its 128th Commencement on Sun. May 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. A total of 4,172 undergraduates are candidates for bachelor’s degrees. Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci will deliver the greetings of the commonwealth.

Principal speaker for the ceremony is award-winning national broadcast journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell of Maine, independent chair of the peace talks in Northern Ireland, will also address the graduates. Both will receive honorary degrees.

Three others will also be awarded honorary degrees: UMass alumnus Richard A. Goldstein, president and CEO of Unilever United States Inc.; Mathilde Krim, founding co-chair and chairman of the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research; and former Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld.

Student speaker is Jean Marie Maranville, of Tewksbury. Maranville is an industrial engineering major who has won numerous engineering honors and has served as an officer for several engineering societies. She also participated in many activities while a student at UMass, including the Minuteman Marching Band and the University Concert Band. A member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and the Golden Key National Honor Society, Maranville also received a 1998 Senior Leadership Award.

The undergraduate ceremonies are expected to end at approximately 12:15 p.m.