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May 7, 2001

Full slate of activities pack weekend

By Eric Rangus


Four years of work, sometimes more. Tens of thousands of dollars of investment, sometimes much, much more, all comes to fruition on one weekend.

Festivities for Emory’s Commencement 2001 begin Thursday night, May 10, and peak with the main ceremony on the Quadrangle, Monday, May 14, at 8 a.m. In between and even after (with the individual school ceremonies that come later Monday morning), the campus will bustle with excited activity. Interesting vignettes can be found all over campus.

For instance, the nursing school will hold its annual Woodruff Tea for faculty, alumni, graduates and their families in its new building for the first time. And Rep. Dan Miller (R-Fla.) MBA ’65 will speak at the business school awards ceremony Saturday at Glenn Auditorium, where his son Daniel will be receiving an MBA.

Five are better than one
The main ceremony will feature five speakers: the four honorary degree recipients, Elias Chacour, Brad Currey, Richard Goldstone and Charlayne Hunter-Gault will each give a brief address, and Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies and director of Institute for Jewish Studies, will be the keynote speaker.

President Bill Chace added Lipstadt to the program early last month after students expressed dissatisfaction when the original schedule did not include a single keynote speaker.

Following the main ceremony, graduates and their families will scatter across campus for their individual school ceremonies.

Nursing school shows off
Individual school ceremonies will resemble those of years past with one notable exception: the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, which gets a chance to show off its new home.

This year, the nursing school’s 61 undergraduate and 55 graduate degree recipients will be the first class to receive its diplomas on nursing school grounds. Previous ceremonies were held at the Anatomy/Physiology Building courtyard.

“That was one of the issues when planning our courtyard,” said Brenda Hascall, assistant director for academic affairs and services for the nursing school. “It was designed so that we could have our diploma ceremony in our own backyard.” There will be seating for 1,100, and overflow seating will be available in the nursing school auditorium.

No parking at Emory West
No parking will be available at Emory West this year. Parking services will station a marshal at the facility who will direct drivers to other lots. The University Apartments and Peavine/Fishburne shuttles (Routes C and D) will begin service at 5 a.m., and the Michael Street/Lowergate/Lowergate South shuttle (Route B) will start at 6 a.m.

As in previous years, Director of Parking and Community Services Bill Collier strongly suggested arriving on campus as early as possible.

Grand touring
Commencement weekend is an opportunity for visitors to check out one of the University’s most interesting destinations, Lullwater House, the home of President Chace.

President and Dr. JoAn Chace will host their annual open house at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. Guests can meet Emory’s deans and senior administrators, as well as the Chaces, and tour the president’s residence. Shuttle service to Lullwater will be available.

The full list of Commence-ment activities is detailed below. Information also is available on the Commencement website at The website also contains the Commencement inclement weather plan.

• Emory Senior Class Banquet:
7–8:30 p.m. P.E. Center. 404-727-6160.
• Class of 2001 Desserts and Entertainment: 8:30 p.m. Cox Hall. 404-727-6169.

• Senior Banquet, School of Medicine:
6:30 p.m. J.W. Marriott Hotel, 3300 Lenox Road. Black tie optional. 404-727-5655.

• Oxford College Baccalaureate Service: 7–8:30 p.m. Oxford Old Church. Reception to follow.

• Oxford Commencement:
10 a.m.–noon. Oxford Green. Free parking available around campus perimeter.

• Nursing School Pinning Ceremony: 1 p.m. Glenn Auditorium, 404-727-7977.

• Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony: 2–3 p.m. Business school auditorium.

• Nursing School Woodruff Tea: 3 p.m. Nursing school building. 404-727-7977.

• Business School Awards Ceremony: 3–5 p.m. Glenn Auditorium. U.S. Rep. Dan Miller (R-Fla.) ’65 MBA, keynote speaker. 404-727-6644.

• Business School BBA Reception: 5–7 p.m. Houston Mill House. 404-727-8106.

• Law School Hooding Ceremony: 5–7 p.m. Gambrell Hall south lawn, reception to follow.

• Baccalaureate Service:
9:30 a.m. Glenn Auditorium. Video screens will be set up on the lawn. Parking and shuttle service will be available from the Fishburne deck.

•Baccalaureate Brunch: 10:45 a.m.: Dobbs Center. Shuttle service will be available to the President’s Open House and to the Fishburne and Michael Street decks. 404-727-6407.

• President’s Open House: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lullwater House. Shuttle service available to Fishburne and Michael Street decks.

• School of Public Health Reception: 2–4 p.m. Rita Anne Rollins Room, Grace Crum Rollins Building. 404-727-3739.

• Emory College Honors Ceremony: 2:30 p.m. Glenn Auditorium, reception to follow on the lawn. 404-727-6069.

• Dean’s Reception, School of Medicine: 3–5 p.m. WHSCAB Plaza. 404-727-5655.

• Service of Sending Forth, School of Theology: 4 p.m. Cannon Chapel, reception to follow in Brooks Commons. 404-727-6153.

• Business School Evening MBA Reception: 4–6 p.m. Park Tavern restaurant. 404-727-4477.

• Business School Full-time MBA Reception: 5–7 p.m. Houston Mill House. 404-727-4477.

• Commencement Concert: 6 p.m. “The King of Instruments Meets the Instrument of Kings.” Glenn Auditorium. Timothy Albrecht, organ, and Mark Hughes, trumpet, performing. Free.

• Legatee Breakfast
: 6:45 a.m. Special Collections, Woodruff Library. 404-727-4880.

• Commencement Ceremony: 8 a.m. Quadrangle. Following the main Commencement ceremony, individual school ceremonies will take place across campus.

• Allied Health Professions: 9:45 a.m. WHSCAB Auditorium. Reception follow on the WHSCAB plaza.

• Emory College: 9:45 a.m. Quadrangle.

• Medicine: 9:45 a.m. Glenn Auditorium.

• Business: 10:00 a.m. P.E. Center. Reception to follow in the Jenkins Courtyard of the business school.

• Graduate School: 10:15 a.m. Church School Building Amphitheater. Reception to follow in the Church School Building.

• Law: 10:30 a.m. Gambrell Hall. Reception to follow on Gambrell’s west terrace.

• Nursing: 10:30 a.m. School of Nursing Building. Reception to follow.

• Public Health: 10:30 a.m. Rollins Plaza. Reception to follow in the Rollins Building.

• Theology: 11:30 a.m. Glenn Auditorium. Reception prior to the ceremony (immediately following the Quadrangle ceremony) will be held in Brooks Commons at Cannon Chapel.


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