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Stanford gears up for 102nd annual commencement

STANFORD -- About 3,000 graduates and 25,000 guests are expected to attend Stanford University's 102nd commencement, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 13, in Stanford Stadium.

The ceremony, which will begin and end 15 minutes earlier than in previous years, will feature an address by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). A member of Stanford's Class of '55, Feinstein easily won election in November as one of California's first two female U.S. senators.

The ceremony also will feature the first presidential commencement address by Stanford President Gerhard Casper, 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 can be picked up without charge at the Tresidder Ticket office, 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 11, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The meeting will be chaired by Peter Stansky, the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, and will feature an address by Carey Perloff, artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

The university's annual baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 12, in Frost Amphitheater. About 5,000 are expected to attend the interdenominational ceremony, which will feature music and spiritual readings by Dean of the Chapel Robert Gregg, students and ministers of major religious groups on campus.

Roy I. Sano, bishop of the Los Angeles area United Methodist Church, will be the featured speaker. His topic will be "Fresh Winds from Four Corners."

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.

Speakers at the luncheon, chosen by the senior class presidents, will include President Emeritus Donald Kennedy, Assistant to the President and former Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jean Fetter, and newly named Provost Condoleezza Rice.

The annual president's reception for graduates, their families, faculty and alumni will be held in the gardens of President and Dr. Regina Casper's home, 623 Mirada Ave., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Shuttle service is being provided this year for the first time; the buses will leave Tresidder Union for the reception every ten minutes, beginning at 3:20 p.m.

Other weekend events will include a Catholic graduation Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in Memorial Church; Chicano/Latino, Asian American, Native American, and African American graduation dinners, and a Class of 1993 dance and reception from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 12, 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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