Desmond Tutu, Wolf Blitzer, Ed Rendell Among Speakers at Penn Commencement Ceremonies

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 14, 2003

PHILADELPHIA  Anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu, CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer and notable Penn alumni, including Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, are among the dignitaries who will address graduates at the various University of Pennsylvania commencement ceremonies May 18-19.

Desmond Tutu will deliver the address Monday, May 19, at Penns 247th commencement ceremony at Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m.

Two interfaith Baccalaureate ceremonies of music and prayer will be held at Irvine Auditorium from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 18. The speaker will be Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, Chief of Navy Chaplains.

The complete list of speakers:

Annenberg School for Communication: 1:00-3:00 p.m., Monday, May 19,

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111, 3680 Walnut St. Speaker: Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor.

Biomedical Graduate Studies: Noon, Monday, May 19, Biomedical Research Buildings II/III, Auditorium and Lobby, 421 Curie Blvd.

College of Arts and Sciences: Undergraduate ceremony, 7-9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18, Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets. Speaker: Lorene Cary, A Penn alum and author of Price of a Child. Graduate ceremony: 1 p.m., Monday, May 19, Hill Field, 33rd and Walnut streets. Speaker: Sally Zigmond, Penn professor of biology.

College of General Studies: Noon, Monday, May 19, Chinese Rotunda, University Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets.

School of Dental Medicine: 1 p.m., Monday, May 19, Irvine Auditorium , 34th and Spruce streets. Speaker: Arthur Dugoni, dean, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry

Graduate School of Education: 2 p.m., Monday, May 19, First District Plaza, 3801 Market St. Speaker: Donna E. Shalala, president, University of Miami.

School of Engineering and Applied Science: Doctoral ceremony, 1 p.m., Sunday, May 18, Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.

Speaker: Stuart W. Churchill, professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Master's ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18, Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. Speaker: Thomas A.V. Cassel, Penn practice professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics and director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Undergraduate ceremony, 3 p.m., Monday, May 19, Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets. Speaker: Megan Smirti, past president, Engineering Deans' Advisory Board

Fels Institute of Government: 5 p.m., Saturday, May 17, Fels Center of Government, 3814 Walnut St., Speaker: Gov. Edward Rendell.

Graduate School of Fine Arts: 1 p.m., Monday, May 19, Meyerson Hall Plaza, 34th and Walnut streets. Speaker: Herbert Gans, sociologist.

Law School: 2 p.m., Monday, May 19, Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets. Speaker: Stephen Breyer, associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court.

School of Medicine: 10 a.m., Sunday, May 18, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 260 S. Broad St. Speaker: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

School of Nursing: 3 p.m., Monday, May 19, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 260 S. Broad St. Speaker: Marjorie O. Rendell, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

School of Social Work: 2 p.m., Monday, May 19, Harrison Auditorium, University Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets. Speaker: Jonathan Kozol, author of Ordinary Resurrections.

School of Veterinary Medicine: 2:30 p.m., Monday, May 19, Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. Speakers: Corinne R. Sweeney, professor of medicine and vice chair, clinical studies, Penns New Bolton Center, and Raymond W. Sweeney, associate professor of medicine, both at Penns veterinary School.

Wharton: Undergraduate Division and Evening Division, 9 a.m.,

Sunday, May 18, Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets. Speaker: Adam Zimbler, 2003 Marshall Scholar graduating from Whartons Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. Graduate Division, 1 p.m., Sunday, May 18, Franklin Field. Speaker: Connie Duckworth, chair, Committee of 200, and founding partner of 8 Wings Enterprises. Doctoral Division, 5 p.m., Sunday, May 18, The Colloquium, eighth floor, Huntsman Hall, 38th and Walnut streets.

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