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Release date:
May 9, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or

TO: Media Representatives
FR: Deb Hammacher, University Communications
404-727-0644 (w)/404-286-5866 (h)/
RE: Emory University 2001 Commencement

Emory University's central commencement ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 14. Due to extremely congested traffic in the area, I recommend that you arrive by 7:30 a.m. Brief remarks will be given by the class of 2001 speaker (selected by the students) Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Emory; and each of the honorary degree recipients, Palestinian Catholic priest and three-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominee Elias Chacour, former Rock-Tenn CEO and Emory board chair Bradley Currey, South African constitutional court Justice Richard Goldstone and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. The guidelines for media coverage are as follows:

Credentials: You will need only to show your official press i.d. to access press seating. Press seating will be located in the front row on the stage right side and is clearly marked.

Arrival and parking: This has changed due to campus construction near the quad.
Traffic is always very congested on commencement morning in the Emory area; I recommend that you arrive on campus by 7:30 a.m.
• Television station vehicles will park on Asbury Circle, behind Emory Hospital. Enter campus from Clifton Road by turning onto Fishburne Dr. (Goizueta Business School on corner), turn right at stop sign onto Asbury Circle. This road will be closed to most traffic, and only marked station vehicles will be allowed through the barricade. TV vehicles will park in turnaround behind Emory Hospital on the left side of the street.
• All other media will park in the Bishops Hall parking lot on Pierce Drive. For easiest access, enter campus through the Oxford Road gate, continue straight, present credentials to the police officer at the barricade. Media parking will be in the lot on your right in front of Bishops Hall. You will need your press credentials to access media parking.

You will then access press seating by entering the quad via the stairs between Bishops Hall and Emerson Hall (right side of the building if you are facing Bishops Hall).

Press seating: The media section will be reserved stage-right near the platform. A 12-port mult box with XLR connectors and mic or line level audiofeeds will be available.

Lighting: The lights on the stage will be daylight-balanced (HMI 575 fill lights). No bat lights will be permitted on the platform party.

Video photography: Video crews will be allowed to move around the quad until the procession begins at 8 a.m. Tripods will then be allowed only in the press seating area.

Still photography: Photographers may approach the platform during the invocation, introduction of the speakers and during the first three minutes of their respective speeches, then must move to the press section.

The weather: In case of drizzle or light rain, the central ceremony may be shortened but it will be held on the quad. In case of heavy rain or more extreme weather, the commencement address, awarding of honorary degrees and the hooding of Ph.D. candidates will take place at 9 a.m. in Glenn Memorial Church at 1652 N. Decatur Rd. Press seating will be very limited and a 12-port mult box will be available. We will contact you as early as possible that morning if a decision is made to move the ceremony indoors.

Please call Deb Hammacher at 404-727-0644 (w) or 404-286-5866 (h) if you have questions or special requests.


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