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June 8, 2009

Media advisory: Not for publication: Stanford Commencement logistics

Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a longtime legal educator, will be the speaker at Stanfordís 118th Commencement on Sunday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m.

As of today, the university expects to grant 1,735 bachelor's degrees, 2,039 master's degrees and 925 doctoral degrees. (These numbers are subject to change.)

Journalists interested in covering Commencement should contact David Cappelloni at (650) 723-2558 or by noon Thursday, June 11, to register. He will need the name, title, news organization, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the person(s) who will be covering the event. Once registered, they will be asked to present a press credential from an established news organization in order to pick up a special press badge and parking permit.

Freelance reporters and photographers should fax or e-mail a letter from the news organization for which they will be working to David Cappelloni by the June 11 deadline. The fax number is: (650) 725-0247. Badges and parking permits will be available at the Stanford University News Service until 4 p.m. Friday, June 12. (Media representatives may pick up their credentials on the morning of the event, but will not have access to the designated parking area beforehand.) Press seating is not guaranteed. All bags are subject to search.

Commencement begins with the ìWacky Walk,î Stanfordís nontraditional processional in the stadium. Journalists wishing to cover the Commencement ceremony from the stadium floor will need to present their passes at the media check-in table at the stadiumís Gate 1 in order to be escorted to the press section. No special credential is required for the general seating areas.

Broadcast trucks should arrive by 7:45 a.m. Broadcasters should contact Jack Hubbard at (650) 804-1576 about truck parking.

All other media should arrive on campus between 8 and 8:30 a.m. They should enter the campus via Galvez Street and Nelson Road and park in Lot 6.

Commencement Weekend also will feature a Baccalaureate address by Ruth W. Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, on Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. on the Main Quad. The Baccalaureate ceremony is free and open to the public.

Robert Sapolsky, a MacArthur Fellow and neuroscientist at Stanford, will give the Class Day address at Maples Pavilion on Saturday, June 13, at 11:30 a.m. This event is free for graduates and their guests with prior reservations. Media wishing to cover the Class Day lecture should contact Louis Bergeron of the Stanford News Service at (650) 725-1944 or by e-mail at

The Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on KZSU, the student-run radio station, at 90.1 FM or on the web at The event also will be webcast at

Stanford University has an interest in ensuring that the privacy of all its students, faculty and staff is respected. The university is private property. Media access to activities not included in this advisory is at the discretion of event organizers.

Editor Note:

A mult box will be available for broadcasters.



Elaine Ray, News Service: (650) 723-7162,

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