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 VOL. 23, NO. 22APRIL 24, 1998 

Kofi Annan, Lauren Bacall Will Receive Honorary Degrees May 20

Record Photo by Joe Pineiro.


Columbia will graduate more than 9,200 men and women Wed., May 20, at colorful outdoor Commencement Exercises marking completion of the University’s 244th year. The traditional ceremonies will begin at 10:30 A.M. on Low Plaza. Some 30,000 family members and friends are expected to attend.

  United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and actress Lauren Bacall are among those scheduled to receive Columbia honorary degrees.

  Annan will speak at the Alumni Federation luncheon in Low Rotunda immediately following the exercises.

  President George Rupp, standing before the familiar Alma Mater statue and banners of blue and gold on the facade of classical Low Library, will deliver the principal commencement address at the Wednesday morning event. He will confer certificates and degrees on graduates of the University’s 15 schools and its affiliates, Barnard and Teachers College.

  He is slated to confer honorary degrees on Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences; Professor Rita Dove of the University of Virginia; Professor Amartya Sen of Harvard; children’s book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak; Columbia historian Fritz Stern, Annan and Bacall. Rockard Delgadillo, Los Angeles deputy mayor for economic development and a 1986 graduate of Columbia Law School, will receive the University Medal for Excellence, given annually to a distinguished younger alumnus.

  The previous day, Tues., May 19, a number of schools have scheduled speakers for individual commencement celebrations for their students. Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., United States District Judge in New Jersey and a 1978 graduate, will address Columbia College Class Day at 10:00 A.M. on the Hamilton lawn. Actress Zoe Caldwell will receive Barnard’s Medal of Distinction at 2:30 P.M. on Lehman lawn, and Joyce Purnick, metropolitan editor of The New York Times and a 1967 Barnard graduate, will speak. Teachers College, at 4:00 P.M. in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, will present its Medal for Distinguished Service to actor and entertainer Bill Cosby, whose late son was a student in the school.

  Carl T. Rowan, the journalist and author, will speak and receive the Columbia Journalism Award at the Graduate School of Journalism’s ceremony Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. in Levien Gym.

  Columbia Business School graduates will hear Rajat Kumar Gupta, managing director-worldwide for McKinsey & Co., at 6:00 P.M. ceremonies at City Center in Manhattan. Norman R. Augustine, chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp., will address a 4:00 P.M. ceremony for the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science on Hamilton lawn. And Columbia’s Marshall Shulman, the authority on Russia and the former Soviet Union, will speak to the graduates of the School of International and Public Affairs on Ancell Plaza at 2:30 P.M., also on Tuesday.

  Bill Lann Lee, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Justice Department, will speak at Columbia Law School’s graduation ceremony on Mon., May 18, at 2:00 P.M. in Carnegie Hall. David A. Kessler, dean of the Yale University School of Medicine, will address the graduates of Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons on Wed., May 20, at 2:30 P.M. in the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center garden. Reed V. Tuckson, senior vice president for professional standards for the American Medical Association, will speak to graduates of the School of Public Health Wednesday at 5:00 P.M., also in the garden. The School of Social Work will hold its ceremony Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. in Levien Gym; Moses Newsome, president of the Council on Social Work Education and dean of the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University in Virginia, will speak. C. Warren Moses, associate executive director of the Children’s Aid Society, will address the School of Dental and Oral Surgery’s ceremony on Thurs., May 21, in the Medical Center garden.

  Other schools planning graduation events include the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation on Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. in St. Paul’s Chapel; the School of the Arts on Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. in Miller Theatre; the School of General Studies on Tuesday at 5:00 P.M. in Miller Theatre; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. in St. Paul’s Chapel for doctoral candidates, and the School of Nursing on Wednesday at 5:00 P.M. in the Alumni Auditorium.

  Commencement week at Columbia will begin Sun., May 17, with an interfaith Baccalaureate Service at 4:00 P.M. in St. Paul’s Chapel for undergraduates who will receive their degrees Wednesday.