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Stanford gears up for 101st annual commencement

STANFORD -- Stanford alumnus Kirk Varnedoe, director of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at New York's Museum of Modern Art, will be the featured speaker at Stanford's 101st commencement, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14, in Stanford Stadium.

Varnedoe, who holds master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford, is an authority on 19th- and 20th-century European painting and sculpture, law and the visual arts, and the history of photography. He has organized exhibitions for other institutions and lectured throughout the country.

About 3,000 graduates and 25,000 guests are expected to attend this year's commencement ceremony, which also will feature the last presidential commencement address by outgoing Stanford President Donald Kennedy and presentation of awards for outstanding teaching and campus service.

Individual diplomas will be awarded after the main ceremony at small departmental ceremonies scattered throughout the campus.

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.

This year's commencement ceremony will be the culmination of numerous activities and exhibits planned for graduates and their families.

Phi Beta Kappa initiation will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, June 12, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The meeting will be chaired by Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, and will feature an address by University of California-Berkeley Prof. Frederic Wakeman, president of the American Historical Society.

The university's annual baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 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.

The Rev. Prathia Hall Wynn, associate dean of spiritual and community life at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, will be the featured speaker. Her topic will be "Justice and Peace: The Elusive Embrace."

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 Kennedy Grove, near the Bowman Alumni House.

Luncheon speakers, chosen by the senior class presidents, will include Gil Masters, professor of civil engineering; the Rev. Floyd Thompkins Jr., associate dean of Memorial Church; and Estelle Freedman, professor of history.

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 13.

Other weekend events will include a Catholic graduation Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in Memorial Auditorium; Chicano/Latino, Asian American, Native American and African American graduation dinners; and a Class of 1992 dance and reception from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 13, 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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