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May 9,  2010

Emory University to Hold Commencement May 10 For 3,900+ Graduates

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will deliver the keynote address at Emory University's 165th commencement ceremony Monday, May 10. He will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The central ceremony, starting at 8 a.m., will be followed by individual college and school diploma ceremonies. Commencement will be broadcast live and then archived online.

Emory President James Wagner will preside at the 90-minute ceremony. The event will take place on the Emory quadrangle for about 3,900 graduating students and their families. About 15,000 people are expected to attend.

Additional Honorary Degrees Awarded

Four other individuals also will be recognized during commencement with honorary degrees:

  • Donald M. Berwick, M.D., president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, recently nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement and will receive a doctor of science degree;
  • Award-winning author Melissa Fay Greene, who will receive a doctor of letters degree;
  • The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, longtime civil rights leader, who will receive a doctor of divinity degree; and
  • Former World Bank president James D. Wolfensohn, chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC, who will receive a doctor of humane letters degree.

Drum and Bagpipes Lead Academic Procession

The academic procession under the direction of Chief Marshal James Larry Taulbee, professor of political science, will be led across the university's historic quadrangle by the kilt-clad Atlanta Pipe Band. Dressed in full Scottish Highland attire, the drum and bagpipe ensemble will march to "Emory and Old St. Andrews March" written by Emory alumnus Henry D. Frantz Jr. in honor of Emory's sister institution, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Members of the procession will be dressed in the academic regalia of caps, gowns and hoods adopted by the class of 1902. Depending on their field of study, the hoods of graduates will be scarlet, gold, purple, salmon, sapphire, apricot, white, green or dark blue.

Faculty, Student Awards

The Thomas Jefferson Award, the university's premier faculty/administrative officer award for significant service to the institution, and the University Scholar/Teacher Award, given on behalf of the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry, will be presented. The Marion Luther Brittain Award, the most prestigious student award for service to the university, also will be given.

Following the central ceremony, students will report to various locations on campus to receive diplomas from their individual schools. The diploma ceremony for the Emory College of Arts and Sciences will be held on the quadrangle, during which time the McMullan Award, which comes with $20,000, no strings attached, will be presented.

Official Commencement Twitter hashtag: #emorygrad

Originally posted May 5, 2010

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