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May 6, 2002

Emory readies for 157th Commencement

By Eric Rangus


On May 13, next Monday at 8 a.m., all the work, all the late nights, all the triumph and even all the disappointment will pay off. And all the dollars. All those dollars the Class of 2002—and their ever-supportive parents—gave to Emory University will revisit them in the guise of the diplomas that will be handed out at Emory’s 157th Commencement.

Continuing a tradition begun last year, graduates and their families and friends will hear a brief address from each of the honorary degree recipients: mathematician Benoit Mandel-brot; Mamphela Ramphele, managing director of the World Bank; and Soldier’s Medal winners Hugh Thompson and Larry Colbrunn. Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry will deliver the keynote. A graduate of Druid Hills High School, Uhry wrote the play Driving Miss Daisy, which was eventually turned into an Oscar-winning motion picture.

Oxford’s Commencement speaker is an elementary school teacher. Actually, she’s quite a bit more than that.

Margaret Edson won a Pulitzer Prize for her play Wit, which was turned into an HBO movie starring two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson last year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Renaissance studies from Smith College and a master’s in English at Georgetown. She currently teaches kindergarten at John Hope Elementary in Atlanta.

“I will do my best to carry my thimbleful of dignity, perspective and pomp to this great day for the students and their families,” Edson said. “I take it very seriously.”

Oxford’s Commencement ceremony, on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m., and Emory’s Com-mencement two days later are merely the culmination of a weekend’s worth of activities.

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

Thursday, May 9
• Emory Senior Class Banquet: 7–8:30 p.m. P.E. Center. 404-727-6160.

• Class of 2002 Desserts and Entertainment: 8:30 p.m. Miller-Ward Alumni House. 404-727-6169.

Friday, May 10
• Senior Banquet, School of Medicine: 6:30 p.m. J.W. Marriott Hotel, 3300 Lenox Road. Black tie optional.

• Oxford College Baccalaureate Service: 7–8:30 p.m. Oxford Old Church. Reception to follow. 770-784-8300.

Saturday, May 11
• Oxford Commencement: 10 a.m.–noon. Oxford Green. Free parking available around campus perimeter.

• Nursing School Pinning Ceremony: 1 p.m. Glenn Auditorium, 404-727-7980.

• Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony: 2–3 p.m. 208 White Hall. 404-727-1042.

• Nursing School Woodruff Tea: 2:30 p.m. Nursing school building. 404-727-6185.

• Business School Awards Ceremony: 3–5 p.m. Glenn Auditorium. 404-727-1042.

• Public Lecture: 4 p.m. “The Saga of Fractals, From Art to Art, Through Mathematics, Finance and the Sciences.” Benoit Mandelbrot, honorary degree recipient, speaking. 208 White Hall.

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

• Business School Evening MBA Reception: 6–8 p.m. Park Tavern Restaurant. 404-727-4477.

Sunday, May 12
• 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.

• Carlos Museum Open House: 1–3 p.m. Carlos Museum. 404-727-4292.

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

• Emory College Honors Ceremony: 2:30 p.m. Glenn Auditorium, reception to follow on the lawn. 404-727-0674.

• 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.

• Business School Full-time MBA Reception: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Jenkins Courtyard, Goizueta Business School. 404-727-1042.

• Commencement Concert: 6 p.m. “The King of Instruments Meets the Instrument of Angels.” Glenn Auditorium. Timothy Albrecht, University organist, and Elisabeth Remy, harpist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performing. Free. 404-727-6690.

Monday, May 13
• 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 to follow in Winship Ballroom.

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

• Theology: 9:45 a.m. Glenn Auditorium. Reception following the ceremony will be held in Brooks Commons at Cannon Chapel.

• 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 in the nursing school courtyard.

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

• Medicine: 11:30 a.m. Glenn Auditorium. Reception prior to the ceremony in WHSCAB plaza.