|June 8, 2004||
Press Contact: Julia Morse|
University of Chicago grants degrees in traditional colorful ceremonies
Nearly 3000 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the University of Chicago after hearing speeches by two of the nation’s most eminent scholars.
Political scientist John Mearsheimer, Co-director of the University of Chicago’s Program on International Security Policy, will deliver his speech “The United States and the World in the 21st Century” to the first three sessions of graduating students. Then, on Sunday, Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker will address graduates of the Graduate School of Business on the purpose of educating business leaders.
All of the sessions of the University’s 477th Convocation will be held in the Harper Quadrangle, located just south of 58th Street in the center of the campus. Before the ceremonies, students will assemble at the Henry Crown Field House, University Avenue and 56th Street, for a colorful procession including bagpipes, flags, and a parade of faculty in the academic robes and caps of the world’s great universities.
This year’s graduates include:
During this year’s convocations, the University will also confer honorary degrees on the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees as well as on five distinguished scholars.
These scholars will receive honorary degrees:
The first session, to be held at 9 a.m. Friday, will include the bestowing of degrees on students in the Law School, the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Service Administration. At 3:30 p.m. Friday, graduate students in the Biological Sciences Division, the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Graham School of General Studies, the Humanities Division, the Physical Sciences Division, the Social Sciences Division and the Divinity School will receive their degrees.
Undergraduates in the College will receive their bachelor’s degrees in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, and students in the Graduate School of Business will receive their degrees at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The convocation speaker at the first three sessions is John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the Co-Director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University. Mearsheimer writes extensively about security issues and international politics and has completed three books, including 2001’s The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.
The speaker at the final session is Gary S. Becker, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science in 1992, and is the University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University. Recognized for his expertise in human capital, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, and population, Becker will deliver his speech titled “Business Schools Within the Universities: The Right Mix.”
For more information on the University’s Convocation, please visit: http://www.uchicago.edu/convocation/.
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