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Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

14,469 to receive IU degrees at eight commencement ceremonies

A total of 14,469 degrees will be conferred by Indiana University next month during commencement ceremonies on its eight campuses. An additional 1,688 degrees from Purdue University will be awarded on the six campuses where Purdue also offers courses.

Dick Enberg, an Indiana University alumnus who has become one of the nation's most prominent sports broadcasters, will be the Bloomington commencement speaker. He also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, one of 12 honorary degrees that IU will confer on six campuses.

Other honorary degree recipients include:

  • IU Bloomington: Jost Delbruck, professor of law and former president of the University of Kiel in Germany, Doctor of Laws; Scott Jones, chairman and CEO of Escient Technologies, Doctor of Science; Jean Fox O'Barr, a leader in the establishment of women's studies and former editor of Signs, the premier journal in the field, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Reinhard Selten, the 1994 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Doctor of Laws.
  • IUPUI: the Rev. Boniface Hardin, founder and president of Martin University, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Hugh B. Price, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, Doctor of Laws.
  • IU Kokomo: Kathleen Ligocki, vice president for strategy for Ford Mexico, Canada and North America, Doctor of Humane Letters; Herbert Miller, retired professor of international business, dean of the faculties and professor of Slavic languages and literature at IUK, Doctor of Humane Letters.
  • IU Northwest: Hilbert Bradley, long-time attorney and civil rights leader, Doctor of Laws.
  • IU South Bend: P.A. Mack, owner/manager of Mack Farms and former vice president of the IU Board of Trustees, Doctor of Humane Letters.
  • IPFW, Van Coufoudakis, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Doctor of Humane Letters.

The daily schedule of commencement observances will begin May 4 in Bloomington. The other commencements will be: Southeast (IUS) -- May 6, 6:30 p.m. EDT, in the IUS Amphitheater; South Bend (IUSB) -- May 7, 6 p.m., at Notre Dame's Joyce Center; Northwest (IUN) -- May 9, 5 p.m., at the Radisson Star Theater; East (IUE) -- May 10, 6 p.m., at Richmond High School gym; Indianapolis (IUPUI) -- May 12, 3 p.m., in the RCA Dome; Kokomo (IUK) -- May 14, 1:30 p.m., at the east side of the Kelley Student Center; Fort Wayne (IPFW) -- May 15, 7 p.m., Memorial Coliseum.

IU Bloomington will award 6,571 degrees. Other campuses will award the following number of IU degrees: IUPUI, 3,768; IU East, 250; IPFW, 810; IU Kokomo, 371; IU Northwest, 721; IU South Bend, 1,051; and IU Southeast, 927.

The figures include Bloomington degree candidates for May, June and August, as well as graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded on a monthly basis from January through July of this year. For all other campuses, these figures include degree recipients from December 2001, and degree candidates for May, June and August 2002. Also included are graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded on a monthly basis during the 2001-02 academic year.

In Bloomington, commencement will be moved inside this spring and divided into two ceremonies.

The morning session will begin at 10 a.m. and will include graduates from the Kelley School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; the School of Law; the School of Music; and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Also participating in the morning session will be Ph.D. degree candidates in these fields who are receiving degrees from the University Graduate School.

The afternoon session will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will include graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Continuing Studies, the School of Informatics, the School of Journalism, the Division of Labor Studies, the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Optometry. Ph.D. degree candidates in these fields who are receiving degrees from the University Graduate School, as well as all master's degree candidates receiving degrees through the University Graduate School, also will participate in this session.

IU Bloomington's commencement activities will begin May 3 with the traditional graduation send-off from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Bryan House, the Bloomington campus home of IU President Myles Brand and his wife, IU Professor Peg Brand. Baccalaureate, long an ecumenical celebration of academic achievement held the day before commencement, will be observed in 2002 with a new interfaith ceremony. The 45-minute ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. in the IU Auditorium.