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News Release

June 12, 2006


Jack Hubbard, News Service: office (650) 725-1294; cell: (650) 804-1576; pager: (650) 428-2306;


Tom Brokaw, renowned journalist and author, and Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation and former president of the New York Public Library and Brown University, will be the 2006 Commencement speakers at Stanford University this weekend.

Gregorian will speak at the graduate student commencement on Saturday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m. on Elliott Field. Brokaw will speak to graduating seniors on Sunday, June 18, at 9:30 a.m., also on Elliott Field. Due to space limitations, these events are ticketed and not open to the public. However, press seating is available. The undergraduate degree ceremony on Sunday begins with the Wacky Walk, Stanford`s nontraditional student processional.

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Elliott Field, also known as the football practice field, is located behind Maples Pavilion. (Stanford Stadium, the usual venue for Commencement ceremonies, is currently being renovated.)

Media registration will take place on the morning of each ceremony at Gate 6 at Elliott Field. On both days, media representatives should arrive on campus between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Latecomers will be accommodated at the News Service`s discretion. Media should enter campus at Serra Street and park their vehicles in ``Lot 12,`` which can be entered from Campus Drive across from Maples Pavilion. Broadcasters may park in ``Lot Closed,`` space permitting.

A press check-in table will be located at Gate 6, where media representatives who present working press credentials will receive a badge to gain entry to the field.

San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer will be this year`s Baccalaureate speaker on Saturday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m. on the Inner Quadrangle. No tickets are required for this event. Broadcasters interested in covering this event should contact Jack Hubbard as soon as possible at (650) 725-1294.

The graduate and undergraduate Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on KZSU, the student-run radio station, at 90.1 FM or on the web at


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