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Stanford gears up for 100th annual commencement
STANFORD -- John W. Gardner, the founder of Common Cause and the Haas Professor of Public Service at Stanford, will be the featured speaker at Stanford's 100th commencement at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 16, in Stanford Stadium.
Gardner, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford and a doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley, also spoke at commencement in 1959. He served as secretary of health, education and welfare during the pivotal "Great Society" years of 1965- 68.
About 3,000 graduates and 25,000 guests are expected to attend the colorful ceremony, which also will feature an address by Stanford President Donald Kennedy and presentation of awards for outstanding teaching and service to Stanford and its students.
Individual diplomas will be awarded after the main ceremony at departmental ceremonies scattered throughout the campus.
This year, each Stanford graduate will receive a special pin and diploma cover marking the university's 100th commencement. The centennial logo will be prominently displayed on banners throughout the campus, in a flower bed on the Oval and on the grass of the stadium field.
Entry to the stadium on commencement day will be by ticket only. These may be picked up without charge at the Tresidder Ticket office; phone 723-4317.
The 100th commencement ceremony will be the culmination of numerous activities and exhibits planned for this year's graduates and their families.
"Ours to Make: Stanford Commencement Traditions," will be the theme of an exhibit in the lobby of Green Library from May 30 through June 30. The exhibit will feature photographs, programs and other memorabilia from commencements past.
Another exhibit, "For Instruction and Research: Library Collections at Stanford After 100 Years," will be shown in the Herbert Hoover Exhibit Pavilion through Oct. 18. The exhibit will highlight rare materials from the different libraries on campus, including a medieval medical text and an early edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Phi Beta Kappa initiation will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The meeting will be chaired by Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, and will feature an address by Peter S. Bing, a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees.
The university's annual baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in Frost Amphitheater. About 5,000 are expected to attend the inter-denominational ceremony, which will feature music and spiritual readings by Dean of the Chapel Robert Gregg, President Kennedy, senior class presidents and ministers of major religious groups on campus.
Rita Nakashima Brock, associate professor in the endowed chair in the humanities at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., will be the featured speaker. Brock is the author of A Christology of Erotic Power and Journeys by Heart.
Dedication of the senior class plaque will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Inner Quad, followed by the Class Day luncheon for seniors and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the oak grove behind Bowman Alumni House.
Speakers at the luncheon, chosen by the senior class presidents, will include Jean Fetter, now in her last year as dean of undergraduate admissions; Floyd Thompkins Jr., associate dean of Memorial Church; and David Brady, professor of political science.
The annual president's reception for graduates, their families, faculty and alumni will be held in the gardens of President and Mrs. Kennedy's home, 623 Mirada Ave., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Other weekend events will include a Catholic graduation Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Memorial Auditorium; Chicano/Latino, Asian American, Native American and African American graduation dinners; and a Class of 1991 dance and reception from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 15, on the Tresidder Union Back Patio.
Commencement weekend is organized by Margarita Ibarra and colleagues in University Events and Services. For more information call 723-2551.
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