AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Graduate School held Commencement activities in the William D. Mullins Memorial Center on campus Saturday morning, May 22. Three honorary degrees were awarded and degrees were conferred upon 1,253 master''s and doctoral degree candidates. About 550 of the eligible candidates attended the ceremony along with some 4,000 family members and friends.
After the ceremony, graduates and others gathered under a bright sun and blue sky for a reception made colorful with graduates holding balloons of all sizes and colors and hundreds of bouquets of flowers, mainly roses. A good sprinkling of young children were on hand to see their parents receive their degrees. One master''s degree candidate walked across the stage to receive her degree carrying one child, with two others at her side.
Peter Lewenberg, a University alumnus and vice-chair of the University''s Board of Trustees, congratulated the graduates and said: "The success you have as you go forward in a large way is the success the University will enjoy in the future."
University President William M. Bulger urged the graduates to continue to make books and reading a large part of their lives. He said: "Your commitment to active learning should be among your highest priorities."
Chancellor David K. Scott urged the graduates to apply their skills to making "a better world and millennium." He said: "Tomorrow the world will be a better and brighter place because of you and your achievements."
Honorary degrees were bestowed on two retired University professors. Ervin H. Zube received a doctor of humane letters degree. He is a professor emeritus and former head of the department of landscape architecture and regional planning. Vladimir Haensel received a doctor of engineering degree. He is a professor emeritus of chemical engineering and winner of engineering''s highest honor, the Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the profession''s equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Historian Mary Maples Dunn, former president of Smith College, was awarded a doctor of humane letters degree.