8,600 to Graduate in Exercises Today


Photograph: Sunday, undergraduates attend the Baccalaureate Service in St. Paul's Chapel. Photo Credit: Joe Pineiro.


Nearly 8,600 graduates of Columbia's 15 schools and affiliated institutions Barnard and Teachers College will receive their degrees today in ceremonies on Low Plaza beginning at 10:30 A.M., marking the conclusion of Columbia's 242nd year.

Following Columbia custom, President Rupp will deliver the commencement address, his third since taking office in July of 1993. He will also confer seven honorary degrees and the University Medal for Excellence, awarded to a distinguished graduate no more than 45 years of age.

Thousands of graduating students and their families and friends will fill the Morningside Heights campus today in seats stretching from Low Plaza to Butler Library.

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

At 10:00 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 Helene G. Gayle, director of the National Center for HIV, STD, TB at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and a 1976 graduate of Barnard.

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

Other head marshals will be: Edmund J. Sullivan, director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association; Stephen G. Berry, director of printing and mail services; Peter M. Herford, associate professor of journalism; Aaron Schneider, dean of studies at Barnard; Kenneth Torrey, professor of physical education; Emmett S. Watson, director of planned giving, the office of University development and alumni relations, and Brian Bodine, assistant director of intercollegiate athletics.

Martha C. Howell, professor of history, will preside. The invocation will be given by Rev. Faith Carmichael, parent of Daniel O. Carmichael, GS '96. Carmichael is associate director of the Spiritual Formation Program at Yale Divinity School and is affiliated with the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich, Conn.

The benediction will be offered by Rabbi James Rosenberg, CC '66, parent of Karen R. Rosenberg, CC '96. He is affiliated with Temple Habonim of Barrington, R.I.

Honorary hood marshals are selected from the 25th and 50th anniversary classes.

This year's marshals are Philip L. Milstein, CC '71, and Howard W. Vreeland, SEAS '46 and '49.

This year, for the first time, teaching awards will be presented by President Rupp to the following Columbia faculty members: Teodolinda Barolini, professor and chairwoman of Italian; Allan Blaer, director of undergraduate programs and laboratory operations and adjunct professor of physics; Herbert Chase, associate professor of clinical medicine; James Shenton, professor of history, and Edward Tayler, Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities.

Each will also receive a $5,000 check.

Special graduation events were held at a number of schools yesterday, and will continue on both campuses today and tomorrow.

Alumni Federation

After the ceremonies the Alumni Federation will hold its 98th 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 Carmen Ortiz-Neu, P&S '63, chairwoman of the 1996 alumni medal committee, to 10 alumni/ae. (See story.)

The luncheon speaker will be Sadako Ogata, who earlier this morning was to receive a honorary degree from Columbia.

Also making remarks will be President Rupp and Keville Frederickson, N '64, M.Ed '71, Ed.D. '74, president of the Alumni Federation.

Following is the schedule of school events:

Undergraduate Schools

Columbia College: Diplomas will be distributed Wednesday following commencement in the various residence halls and deans' offices.

School of Engineering and Applied Science:

Diplomas will be distributed today at 1:30 P.M. in each department of the Engineering School.

School of General Studies:

Diplomas may be picked up today after commencement in Lewisohn Lounge.

Graduate, Professional Schools

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation: The ceremony will be held today at 2:00 P.M. in St. Paul's Chapel. Dean Bernard Tschumi will address the graduates, who will receive their degrees at the ceremony. Student awards will also be presented.

School of the Arts: The presentation of diplomas by the chairmen of the various divisions will take place today at 1:00 P.M. in the Kathryn Bache Miller Theatre. Dean Robert Fitzpatrick will preside. Sir Ian McKellen will be the guest speaker. McKellen is the celebrated British actor, director and producer who has won 18 major acting awards. He currently is professor of contemporary theatre at Oxford. A reception in the lobby of Dodge Hall will follow.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: A reception honoring the graduates will be held in 301 Philosophy at Noon. Diplomas will be presented there.

Columbia Business School: Diplomas will be distributed today from Noon to 2:00 P.M. in the lobby of Uris Hall.

School of International and Public Affairs: Diplomas will be given to graduates after commencement on the sixth floor of the International Affairs Building.

Graduate School of Journalism: Today at 3:30 P.M. in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine the graduating class will receive their diplomas. Gene Roberts, managing editor of The New York Times, will receive the Columbia Journalism Award.

School of Law: David J. Stern, Law '66, commissioner of the National Basketball Association and a University Trustee, will deliver the major address at the Law School's ceremony tonight at 8:00 P.M. in Carnegie Hall. Highlights will include the Alumni Association's Distinguished Achievement Award presented to Ida Klaus '31, the oldest living female graduate of the school. Graduating speakers will include Li Lu, the Chinese student democracy leader during the 1989 Tianamen Square massacre. Diplomas will be presented to graduates during the ceremony.

School of Social Work: The ceremony will be today at 2:30 P.M. in Levien Gymnasium. Carol H. Meyer, Ruth Harris Ottman Professor of Family and Child Welfare, will be the chief speaker. The National Association of Social Workers Award will also be presented, and students will receive their diplomas.

Health Sciences

School of Nursing: The school will hold its ceremony today at 5:00 P.M. in the Alumni Auditorium. Loretta Ford, dean emeritus of the School of Nursing, University of Rochester, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony will include the presentation of diplomas to graduates and be followed by a 6:00 P.M. reception in the Clark Conference Center.

College of Physicians and Surgeons: The school will hold its ceremony at 2:30 P.M. today in the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. Lonnie R. Bristow, president of the American Medical Association, will be the speaker. Students will receive their diplomas and major awards will be given, including the following faculty awards: The Harold and Golden Lamport Award for Excellence in Basic Academic Research; the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in the Pre-Clinical years; the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award, and the P&S Distinguished Service Award. A reception will follow in Bard Hall Lounge.

School of Public Health: The school will hold its ceremony today at 5:30 P.M. in the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. June Osborn, an international expert on AIDS and emerging infections, will deliver the major address. Diplomas will be presented to the graduates. Following will be a reception in the Riverview Lounge.

School of Dental and Oral Surgery: The school will hold its exercises tomorrow at 11:00 A.M. in the C-PMC Garden. William Ten Pas, president of the American Dental Association, will give an address. Major student awards will be given; graduates will receive their degrees.

Programs in Occupational Therapy will hold their ceremony in Alumni Auditorium today at 2:00 P.M. Barbara Neuhaus, adjunct associate professor, will speak.

Affiliated Institutions

Barnard College: Diplomas will be awarded today after commencement on the upper level of McIntosh.

Teachers College: Today doctoral graduates will be honored at Riverside Church beginning at 2:30 P.M. All TC graduates will receive their diplomas at this event.

Commencement Events

Wed., May 15:
10:30Commencement Exercises-Low Plaza
12:15Alumni Federation Reception and Luncheon-Low Faculty Room, Rotunda
1:00Arts-Miller Theatre
2:00Architecture-St. Paul's Chapel
2:00Program in Occupational Therapy-Alumni Auditorium
2:00Social Work-Levien Gym
2:30TC (Ed.D.s)-Riverside Church
2:30P&S-CPMC Garden
3:30Journalism-Cathedral of St. John the Divine
5:00Nursing-Alumni Auditorium
5:30Public Health-CPMC Garden
8:00Law-Carnegie Hall
Thurs., May 16:
11:00Dental-CPMC Garden


Columbia University Record -- May 15, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 27