8,500 to Graduate at Exercises Today

Photograph: Students filed into St. Paul's Chapel for the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday. Photo Credit: Joe Piniero.

Thousands of graduating students and their families and friends will fill the Morningside Heights campus today for Columbia's commencement exercises, marking the end of the University's 241st year.

President Rupp will deliver his second commencement address and will confer degrees on more than 8,500 graduates of the University's 15 schools, Barnard College and Teachers College in exercises on Low Plaza beginning at 10:30 A.M.

Columbia, established as King's College by George II of England in 1754, held its first commencement in 1758 for seven graduates.

At 10:15 A.M., the bells atop St. Paul's Chapel will ring, followed two minutes later by the procession of all degree candidates, converging on Low Plaza from points around campus.

Honorary degrees are scheduled to be awarded to:

The University Medal for Excellence will be given to mathematician Noam D. Elkies, CC '85, who two years ago at the age of 26, became the youngest tenured professor in the history of Harvard.

Commencement exercises will draw tens of thousands of students, parents, friends and alumni, who will watch from rows of seats stretching from Low Plaza to Butler Library.

Marshals will lead the graduates and anniversary alumni classes as they proceed to their seats; head marshal for candidate procession will be John P. Rohan, professor of physical education, and head marshal for the academic procession will be Georgiana Jagiello, the Virgil C. Damon Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Other head marshals include Edmund J. Sullivan, director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association; Stephen G. Berry, director of Print and Mail Services; Kenneth Torrey, professor of physical education; Peter J. Awn, professor of religion; Aaron Schneider, dean of students at Barnard; Emmett S. Watson, director of planned giving for the office of University development and alumni relations, and Brian. E. Bodine, administrative coordinator, intercollegiate athletics.

Martha Howell, professor of history, will preside for the first time, and the invocation will be delivered by Rabbi Meshulem Dickman, the father of SEAS senior Menashe Dickman. The benediction will be delivered by the Reverend Alfonso A. Narvaez, the father of Columbia College senior Alicia Isabel Narvaez.

Honorary hood marshals are selected each year from the 25th and 50th anniversary classes. This year's marshals are Ezra P. Grossman CC '70 and Harold Samelson CC '45.

Special graduation events were held at a number of schools yesterday, and will continue around campus today.

Alumni Federation

After the ceremonies, the Alumni Federation will hold its 96th Commencement Day Luncheon at 12:45 P.M. in Low Rotunda, following a 12:15 P.M. reception in the Faculty Room.

Alumni medals will be presented by John A. Grammer Jr. SIPA '63, chairman of the 1995 Alumni Medal Committee, at a post-luncheon program at 1:45 P.M.

Madeleine K. Albright MA '68 and Ph.D. '76, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will be the keynote speaker. Also speaking will be Peter a. Basilevsky CC '67 and Law '72, president, Columbia University Alumni Federation, and Rupp.

Alumni medal recipients will be Ellen Davidson Baer, Nursing '62; David T.W. Chiu, P & S '73; Carol Herman Cohen, BC '59 and MA '61; Frances Perlman Freedman, Social Work '82; Richard J. Greenwald, CC '41; Mark N. Kaplan, CC '51 and Law '53; Laurans A. Mendelson, CC '60 and Business '61; Catherine S. Michelson, BC '71, SIPA '73, and Business '78; Florence Van Veen Peavy, GS '47, and Henry Schneider, Law '34.

The following is a schedule of school events:

Undergraduate Schools

Columbia College

Diplomas will be distributed in Wollman Auditorium immediately after Commencement.

Engineering and Applied Science

Diplomas will be distributed following commencement in the academic departments.

School of General Studies

After Commencement, the General Studies Alumni Association will hold a reception in Lewisohn Lounge, where diplomas will be distributed.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Architecture, Planning and Preservation

After Commencement, the school will hold a buffet luncheon in the courtyard between Avery and Fayerweather. At 2:00 P.M., Dean Bernard Tschumi will present diplomas and awards in St. Paul's Chapel. An exhibition of selected student work will open May 13 at 6:00 P.M., and will be on view in the galleries of Buell and Avery Halls until May 26.

School of the Arts

The presentation of diplomas will be held at 1:00 P.M. today in the Kathryn Bache Miller Theatre. Dean Smith will give the dean's valedictory address and award-winning playwright Tony Kushner will deliver the guest address. A reception for students and guests will follow in the lobby of Dodge Hall.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

A reception will be held after Commencement in 301 Philosophy.

Columbia Business School

Diplomas will be distributed in the lobby of Uris Hall from Noon to 2 P.M.

School of International and Public Affairs

Following Commencement, a reception will be held on the sixth floor of the International Affairs Building and diplomas will be distributed.

School of Journalism

Today, at 3:30 P.M., a diploma ceremony will take place at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. The Columbia Journalism Award will be presented to recently-retired CBS broadcast journalist Charles Kuralt. A reception will follow at the Synod House on the cathedral grounds.

School of Law

Diplomas will be distributed at a reception following Commencement on Revson Plaza in front of the Law School.

School of Social Work

Diplomas will be presented at a ceremony today at 2:30 P.M., in Levien Gymnasium. The main speaker will be Alice P. Lin, a senior fellow at Duke University Center for Health Policy Research and Education. A reception will follow in the Old Gym in University Hall.

Health Sciences

School of Nursing

Graduation ceremonies for the 101st School of Nursing class will be held today, at 5:00 P.M., at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. The keynote speaker will be Robert MacNeil, executive editor of the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour. A reception will follow the ceremonies.

College of Physicians and Surgeons

A graduation ceremony will take place today, at 2:30 P.M., at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. Opening remarks will be given by Herbert Pardes, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine. The keynote speaker will be Robert Coles, research psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at Harvard. A reception will be held at Bard Hall Lounge, at 4:30 P.M.

School of Public Health

Graduation ceremonies will take place today at 4:30 P.M. in Alumni Auditorium. Pardes will make opening remarks, and the keynote speaker will be David Satcher, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A reception will be held at 6:00 P.M. at Riverview Lounge, 4th Floor, Hammer Health Sciences Building.

Program in Physical Therapy

A ceremony will take place today at 2:00 P.M. in Room 401, Hammer Health Sciences Building. George J. Davies, professor of physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, will be the keynote speaker. At 4:00 P.M., a reception for graduates and guests will be held on the first floor of Baldwin Hall, Milstein Hospital Building.

Programs in Occupational Therapy

A ceremony will take place today at 2:00 P.M. in Alumni Auditorium. Karen Jacobs, vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, will present an address titled, "Managing Through Change." At 4:00 P.M., a reception for graduates and guests will be held on the first floor of Baldwin Hall, Milstein Hospital Building.

School of Dental and Oral Surgery

A ceremony for graduates will be held tomorrow at 11:00 P.M., at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. The keynote address will be delivered by Enid A. Needle, a professor emeritus of pharmacology at NYU. The title of his address is "Doctor, Doctor: How Does Your Garden Grow?" A reception will take place at 1:00 P.M. at Bard Hall Lounge.

Affiliated Institutions

Teachers College

A convocation for the graduates will be held in Riverside Church, at 2:30 P.M. today. The graduates will march from Teachers College to The Riverside Church, led by Robert Alan Liftig, Ed. D. '83, a member of the Teachers College Alumni Council. The speakers include Thomas W. Evans, chairman of the Trustees of Teachers College; John Attinger, president of the Teachers College Student Senate, and Arthur E. Levine, president of Teachers College. Teachers College Medals will be awarded to Fred W. Friendly, Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus of Journalism of Columbia; Deborah H. Meier, codirector of the Coalition Campus Schools Project and Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Institute at Brown, and Robert P. Moses, founder and president of the Algebra Project Inc.

Prominent Guests and Speakers

The speakers, honorees and visitors on campus during commencement week include U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown, former Columbia Trustees Chairman Samuel L. Higginbottom, U. S. Attorney Eric Holder, Teachers College Trustees Chairman Thomas W. Evans, Harvard Professor Robert Coles and broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Charles Kuralt and Robert MacNeil.


Columbia University Record -- May 17, 1995 -- Vol. 20, No. 29