University of Chicago grants degrees in traditional colorful ceremonies
The University of Chicago News Office
June 9, 2005 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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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 eminent scholars.

Cathy Cohen, Professor in Political Science and the College and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, will give a talk titled “Race, Politics and the Costs of Compromise,” in which she will discuss the legacy of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and the challenges the United States faces today in racial politics. She will speak to the sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Harry Davis, the Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management in the Graduate School of Business, will deliver a speech titled “Being Silly, Seriously” to graduates of the Graduate School of Business on Sunday, June 2. Brady Dougan, CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston, a leading investment banking company will also be speaking to GSB graduates.

All of the sessions of the University’s 481st 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.

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.

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