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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The 132nd commencement of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be held in two
ceremonies May 18 at the Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., Champaign.
The speaker at both ceremonies will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Barry Bearak. An alumnus, Bearak writes for The New York Times Sunday
magazine. He and five others will receive honorary degrees at the ceremonies.
At the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, candidates in the colleges of Applied Life
Studies, Communications, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Veterinary
Medicine; the Institute of Aviation; the Institute of Labor and Industrial
Relations; the School of Social Work; and the Graduate School of Library
and Information Science will receive degrees.
Candidates in the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences; Commerce and Business Administration; Education; Engineering;
and Fine and Applied Arts will receive their degrees at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 1 p.m.
for the afternoon ceremony. After all students and their guests are
seated, the remaining seats will be available to the public. Shuttle
buses also will stop at various locations on campus, including Assembly
Hall, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All students who have earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral
and professional degrees and advanced certificates during the preceding
year are honored at the annual commencement.
Bearak’s work was cited by the Pulitzer committee for "his
deeply affecting and illuminating coverage of daily life in war-torn
Afghanistan" in 2001. Among his other honors are a George Polk
Award for foreign reporting, the first prize of the South Asian Journalist
Association for outstanding story of the year and the Mike Berger Award,
given by Columbia University for reporting about New York City.
Prior to beginning work for the Times in 1996, Bearak worked for 14
years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and six years as a reporter
for the Miami Herald.
"The sheer number of Mr. Bearak’s prestigious journalism
awards attests to his remarkable talent and dedication," said Ron
Yates, head of the UI journalism department. "To win just one of
these awards would be considered extraordinary by many journalists.
To win so many of them is truly recognition of Mr. Bearak’s contributions,
not only to journalism, but also to society at large."
In 1980-81, Bearak was named a Fellow by the National Endowment for
the Humanities at the University of Michigan, where he conducted research
on developmental economics, religion and literature.
While at Illinois, Bearak was the winner of the graduate fiction prize
and was a contributor to the Daily Illini. He earned his master’s
degree in journalism in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree at
Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
He will be awarded an honorary doctor of literature degree.
The others who will receive honorary degrees during the 10:30 a.m. and
2 p.m. ceremonies:
a concert promoter, personal manager, movie producer, music publisher
and chief executive officer of one of the big five record companies,
will receive an honorary doctor of music degree. The chairman of the
Azoff Music Management Group, Azoff is the personal manager of the Eagles,
whose "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" is the best-selling
album of all time. A native of Danville, Ill., and Illinois alumnus,
Azoff produced "Urban Cowboy" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont
High" and several other films. In 2000, he became co-chairman of
Concerts West, a live entertainment promotion company. In 1990, Azoff
founded Azoff Entertainment Co., a joint venture with Time Warner. Prior
to forming Giant Records, Azoff was the chairman of the MCA Music Entertainment
Group. He has been honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation and by the
City of Hope – receiving their Humanitarian of the Year award
and Spirit of Life Award, respectively.
considered "one of the 20th century’s top 25 most influential
artists" (ARTNews magazine), will receive an honorary doctor of
fine arts degree. "There is certainly no living American woman
more revered as an artist today than Louise Bourgeois," said Jonathan
Fineberg, a professor of art and design at Illinois. "She is in
nearly every important museum of modern art in the world and the estimation
of her work continues to climb." Her work has been featured in
one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,
the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg,
Russia. Now in her 90s, Bourgeois remains active, devoting each day
to the practice of art. In 1997, she received a National Medal of Arts
from President Bill Clinton.
Colwell, the director of the National Science Foundation, will receive
an honorary doctor of science degree. The head of the NSF since 1998,
Colwell has led the agency’s emphases on K-12 science and mathematics
education, graduate science and engineering education/training and the
increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.
Colwell was the president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology
Institute from 1991-1998. She is the author or co-author of 16 books.
"Her broad understanding of biology has been invaluable in helping
her to develop a modern biology program at the National Science Foundation,
where she has initiated programs on biocomplexity that transcend previous
disciplinary limitations and bring a variety of scientists from biology,
computer analysis and engineering together," said Abigail Salyers,
a professor of microbiology at Illinois.
Peter Gay, a professor emeritus of history at Yale University, will
receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. Gay is "the most
distinguished cultural historian of modern Europe, on either side of
the Atlantic, and anywhere in the English-speaking world," said
David Cannadine, the director of the Institute for Historical Research
at the University of London. The director of the Cullman Center for
Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Gay is the author
of more than two dozen books. His works "have been hailed repeatedly
for their scope, originality, intelligence, and elegance," said
Peter Fritzche, the chair of the department of history at Illinois.
Gay’s "The Enlightenment: An Interpretation" won a National
Book Award in 1967.
Zapf, a distinguished typographer and type designer, will receive an
honorary doctor of fine arts degree. In addition to his type design,
Zapf may be the most noted calligrapher of the past 50 years. Several
of his most popular type designs, such as Optima, Palatino, Zapf Chancery
and Zapf Dingbats are on most home computers. Other Zapf-designed fonts,
including Michelangelo and Zapf Renaissance, are commonly used by graphic
designers. "His discerning scholarship has set a new standard for
excellence in typographic practice, by now having inspired more than
five generations of graphic designers," said Ken Carls, the interim
director of the School of Art and Design at Illinois.
The UI Alumni Association will present three Alumni Achievement Awards
at the commencement ceremonies:
Morgan will be honored for his success in the field of music education.
He is the retired director of jazz studies at the renowned High School
for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. An accomplished musician
and composer, he has inspired knowledge and a deep love for jazz music
in his students, as evidenced by the numerous national and international
honors garnered by him and by his young pupils. Morgan, known affectionately
by his students as "Doc," earned his doctorate of musical
arts in composition from Illinois in 1974.
Schrage will be honored for his impressive marketing and advertising
achievements within the McDonald’s Corp. Since starting the company’s
marketing department in 1967, he has been responsible for creating the
golden arch logo and the Ronald McDonald character; introducing a number
of fast-food restaurant innovations; garnering several prestigious honors
within the advertising profession. He retired in 1997 as senior executive
vice president and chief marketing officer and is the chairman of Ronald
McDonald House Charities. Schrage earned a master’s degree in
advertising from Illinois in 1959.
Allen Sharp will be honored for his revolutionary research discoveries
in molecular biology and biochemistry. His work has centered on the
molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms
of RNA splicing. This discovery, which fundamentally changed scientists’
understanding of the structure of genes, earned him the 1993 Nobel Prize.
Sharp is Founding Director and Institute Professor of the McGovern Institute
for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He
earned his doctorate in chemistry from Illinois in 1969.
Receiving the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award:
W. and Trudy Gassmann Reynolds will be honored for their commitment
and service to the advancement of the University of Illinois. The Rockford
couple have served as advocates for the institution over the course
of two major capital campaigns, and they actively promote connection
to the university among their fellow alumni. Richard Reynolds received
his bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1953 and a master’s
degree in mechanical engineering in 1958. He has served on boards within
the department of general engineering, the College of Engineering and
the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Trudy Reynolds received her
bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1958. She has served
as president of the Library Friends Board, chair of the UI Foundation
Presidents Council and a member of the UI Alumni Association Board of
Directors. The Reynoldses are both life members of the UI Alumni Association.
Receiving the the University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian Award:
Penny Panayiota Deligiannis will be honored for her administrative missionary
work in the Orthodox Church to assist the people of Albania, as well
as Kosovo refugees. As director of Diaconia Agapes ("Service of
Love"), the humanitarian arm of the church in Albania’s capital,
and the Action by Churches Together Network, she implemented an emergency
relief program for Kosovo refugees and host Albanian communities. Other
development programs she has directed within the country have focused
on agriculture, water and health. She received a bachelor’s degree
in 1987 and a master’s degree in 1992, both in speech communication.
Among other planned activities in honor of the graduating class, the
Illinois Symphonic Band will give a free concert for graduates, candidates
and their guests at 8 p.m. May 17 in the Great Hall of the Krannert
Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. Tickets
are not required.
All graduating students and their guests are invited to a reception
hosted by university President James J. Stukel and Nancy Cantor, chancellor
of the Urbana campus, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. May 18 in the gardens of the
president’s house, 711 W. Florida Ave., Urbana. Academic attire
The first floor of the main library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. May
17 and May 18 for visitors and students to view the University Honors
Many individual UI units have scheduled additional commencement ceremonies.
All take place on May 18, except as noted:
Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – for undergraduate
degrees, 9:30 a.m., Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts;
for graduate degrees, 10 a.m., Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805
S. Mathews Ave., Urbana.
Life Studies – 9:30 a.m., May 17, Assembly Hall.
and Business Administration – departments of accountancy, business
administration, economics and finance, 1:30 p.m., May 17, Assembly Hall;
MBAs and Executive MBAs, 9 a.m., May 17, Great Hall, Krannert Center
for the Performing Arts.
– 2 p.m., Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana.
– 10 a.m., 100 George Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign.
– 4:30 p.m., Assembly Hall.
12:30 p.m., May 17, Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Medicine – 1:30 p.m., Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing
Architecture – 10 a.m., Foellinger Auditorium.
Design – 10 a.m., Tryon Festival Theater, Krannert Center for
the Performing Arts.
School of Library and Information Science – 1:30 p.m., Recital
Hall, Smith Memorial Hall.
– 1:30 p.m., 100 George Huff Hall.
5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall.
– 4 p.m., Illini Rooms, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – 1:30 p.m., Colwell Playhouse,
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
1:30 p.m., Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing
(LAS) and Finance (LAS) – 10 a.m., May 17, Foellinger Auditorium.
I – 12:30 p.m., May 17, Foellinger Auditorium.
II – 2:30 p.m., May 17, Foellinger Auditorium.
III – 4:30 p.m., May 17, Foellinger Auditorium.
Architecture – 10:30 a.m., Sunken Garden, Allerton Park, Route
2, Monticello; in case of rain, Miller School Gymnasium, 100 W. Jefferson
Statistics and Computer Science (LAS) – 4 p.m., Tryon Festival
Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
and Astronomy – 2 p.m., May 17, 151 Loomis Laboratory of Physics,
1110 W. Green St., Urbana.
– 4:30 p.m., Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
– 4 p.m., May 17, Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing
– 10 a.m., Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing
Regional Planning – 10 a.m., Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois
Aviation – 2 p.m., Illini Union Ballroom, Second Floor.
Industrial Relations – 3 p.m., May 17, 141 Wohlers Hall, 1206
S. Sixth St., Champaign.
African-American Cultural Program – 6:30 p.m., May 17, 100 George
Cultural Latina – 7 p.m., May 17, Foellinger Auditorium.
Phi Beta Kappa – 7:30 p.m., May 16, Illini Union Ballroom
All-Service ROTC Commissioning Ceremony – 11 a.m., May 19, Foellinger