June 12, 1997
Vol. 16, No. 19

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    2,430 students to receive degrees this weekend

    A total of 2,430 degrees will be conferred upon students, and six world-renowned scholars will receive honorary degrees during spring Convocation ceremonies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 13, 14 and 15.

    The ceremonies will be held in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and, for the Graduate School of Business session, in Harper Quadrangle, weather permitting.

    If the weather cooperates, the GSB ceremony will mark the first time in nearly 70 years that a University convocation ceremony will be held outdoors. The last outdoor convocation took place in Hutchinson Courtyard in 1928. Since 1929, when construction of Rockefeller Chapel was completed, all convocation ceremonies have been held indoors. Last year's attempt to hold an outdoor ceremony was canceled due to rain.

    Melvyn Shochet, the Elaine M. and Samuel D. Kersten Jr. Professor in Physical Sciences, Physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute and the College, will deliver the Convocation address, "Scientific Literacy and Liberal Education in a Technological Age," at the first, second and third sessions (see schedule at right). The third session will also include remarks by graduating seniors Eleanor Burke, Agnes Gellen and Boris Wolfson.

    Merton Miller, the Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor at the Graduate School of Business, will give the convocation address at the fourth session. Also speaking at that session will be Dennis Keller (M.B.A.'68), chairman and CEO of DeVry Inc. and chairman of the Council on the Graduate School of Business.

    Degrees to be conferred include 713 bachelor's degrees, 604 master's degrees, 686 M.B.A.s, 31 International M.B.A.s, 181 J.D.s, 2 J.S.D.s, 98 M.D.s and 115 Ph.D.s.

    Honorary degrees will be awarded to six of the most distinguished scholars in their fields: Jean Bottero, Edouard Jeauneau, Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, Emily Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Carl Wieman and Reinhard Zimmermann. (See story on page 1). Zimmermann will receive his degree at the first session. Degrees will be presented at the second session to Bottero, Jeauneau, Mengaldo and Wieman, and at the third session to Savage-Rumbaugh.