Time to celebrate: Commencement 2010 at a glance

Karinna Moskalenko

Time to celebrate: Commencement 2010 at a glance

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SMU observes its 95th Commencement May 14-15 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 15 in Moody Coliseum. The University expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Some major events at a glance:

  • May 14-15 – Class of 1960 Golden Reunion
  • May 14 – Honorary Degree Symposia honoring Jorie Graham, Karinna Moskalenko and Saul Perlmutter
  • May 14 – Baccalaureate, featuring an address by University Chaplain Stephen Rankin, and Rotunda Recessional
  • May 15 – Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
  • May 15 – All-University Commencement
  • May 15 – School diploma presentations

> Learn more about Ron Kirk
> Find times and locations for the 2010 Honorary Degree Symposia
> See who’s speaking at the school and department diploma ceremonies
> Read student stories from SMU News
> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement homepage

May 12, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Week, May 11, 2010

SMU Baccalaureate 2009Save the date: Make plans now for the 2010 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

Commencement Countdown 2010:

May 14-15: Class of 1960 Golden Reunion
May 14: 2010 Honorary Degree Symposia
May 14: Baccalaureate and Rotunda Recessional
May 15: Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
May 15: All-University Commencement
May 15: School and departmental diploma ceremonies

> Visit the Registrar’s Commencement 2010 website
> Read more about U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, SMU’s 2010 Commencement speaker

May 11, 2010|Calendar Highlights|

2010 honorary degree recipients take part in symposia May 14

SMU will welcome its 2010 honorary degree recipients with a series of symposia in their honor. All are scheduled for May 14, and all are free and open to the entire campus community.

Poet Jorie Graham• Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and MacArthur Award winner Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard University, will take part in a poetry reading and conversation with the SMU community at 2 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library.

Human rights lawyer Karinna MoskolenkoKarinna Moskalenko, Russia’s leading human rights lawyer, will discuss “Russia, Europe and Human Rights” at 3:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Professor Jeffrey Kahn of SMU’s Dedman School of Law will moderate, with Nuala Mole, founder and director of the AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), presenting. A reception precedes the symposium at 2:30 p.m. in the Dallas Hall Rotunda.

Physicist Saul Perlmutter• UC-Berkeley physicist Saul Perlmutter, head of the Supernova Cosmology Project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will speak on “Stalking Dark Energy and the Mystery of the Accelerating Universe” at 3 p.m. in the Fondren Science Building, Room 123.

> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement homepage

May 10, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU to confer three honorary degrees at 2010 Commencement

A poet, physicist and human rights lawyer will receive honorary degrees at SMU’s 95th Commencement ceremony May 15 at 9:30 a.m. in Moody Coliseum.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. University of California-Berkeley physicist Saul Perlmutter will receive the honorary Doctor of Science degree, and Russian human rights lawyer Karinna Akopovna Moskalenko will receive the honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Poet Jorie GrahamJorie Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and MacArthur Award winner, currently is Boylston Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard University. She has been an accomplished and controversial figure since the publication of her first volume, Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts, 30 years ago. Expanding the limits of poetry to incorporate an ever-enlarging focus on history, social and scientific issues, as well as the traditional subjects of love and the inner life, she has changed what one thinks of as a poem. Raised in Rome and educated at the Sorbonne and New York University, Graham taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop before assuming the Harvard chair formerly occupied by John Quincy Adams, Robert Fitzgerald and Seamus Heaney.

Physicist Saul PerlmutterSaul Perlmutter is professor of physics at the University of California-Berkeley, where he earned his Ph.D. He also is head of the Supernova Cosmology Project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He leads an international team that studied distant exploding stars to measure how fast the universe was expanding at different times in its history. Using novel observational techniques, his work contradicted the long-held assumption that expansion of the universe is slowing due to gravity. Perlmutter provided firm evidence for the existence of dark energy as the majority substance of the universe, a substance whose precise nature remains a major mystery in physics.

Human rights lawyer Karinna MoskolenkoKarinna Akopovna Moskalenko, Russia’s leading human rights lawyer, studied law at Leningrad State University and later specialized in human rights at the University of Birmingham in England. She is respected worldwide for her advocacy on behalf of clients rich and poor, voiceless casualties of war and vocal critics of the Kremlin. Moskalenko and her team at the International Protection Centre, the human rights organization she founded, have won more than 90 cases before the European Court of Human Rights, whose judgments have been legally binding on Russia since 1998. She has been elected to the International Commission of Jurists and awarded the International Helsinki Federation‘s Human Rights Recognition Award and the Justice William J. Brennan Award.

SMU expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees to students at the Universitywide Commencement ceremony. The University’s schools and departments will hold individual diploma ceremonies later that day.

> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement homepage

April 23, 2010|News|
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