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Stanford gears up for 103rd annual commencement

STANFORD -- About 3,000 graduates and 25,000 guests are expected to attend Stanford University's 103rd commencement, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12, in Stanford Stadium.

The ceremony will feature an address by Stephen Carter, a professor of law at Yale University and 1976 graduate of the Stanford School of Law.

Carter is the author of Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby and The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion. His latest work is The Confirmation Mess: Cleaning up the Federal Appo intments Process.

The ceremony also will feature an 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.

No tickets are required, and all members of the community are welcome. General parking is available in the eucalyptus grove at Campus Drive and Galvez Street.

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 10, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The meeting will be chaired by David Abernethy, professor of political science, and will feature an address by Richard Levin, preside nt of Yale University.

The university's annual baccalaureate service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the West Portal of the Inner Quadrangle. The inter-denominational ceremony will feature music and spiritual readings by Acting Dean o f the Chapel Diana Akiyama, graduating seniors and ministers of major religious groups on campus.

Wilma Ellis, executive ambassador of the Baha'i International Community, will be the featured speaker. Her speech is titled "Ghettos of the Mind."

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.

Scheduled Class Day speakers are Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology; William Stone, president of the Stanford Alumni Association; the Rev. Floyd Thompkins, associate dean of Memorial Church; and Bill Walsh, head football coach.

The annual president's reception for graduates, their families, faculty and alumni will be held in the gardens of President and Dr. Casper's home, Hoover House, 623 Mirada Ave., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Shuttle service is being provided; buses will leave Tresidder Union for the reception every 10 minutes from 3:20 to 4:10 p.m. Return buses will run every 10 minutes from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Other weekend events will include a Catholic graduation Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in Memorial Church; Chicano/Latino, Asian American, Native American, African American and Sanskriti graduation ceremonies and dinners; and a Class of 1994 dance and reception from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday on the Tresidder Union back patio.

Commencement weekend is organized by University Events and Services. For more information call 723-2551.



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