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ERIC HOLDER AND OTHERS TO SPEAK AT COLUMBIA GRADUATION CEREMONIES

 

Media contact:  John Tucker, 212-854-6164, jht2112@columbia.edu

Political Leaders, Other Notable Figures to Address

Columbia Graduation Ceremonies — May 16–21

NEW YORK, May 11, 2009 — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (CC’73, Law’76) will join a broad array of distinguished figures scheduled to address this year’s graduates of Columbia University. These speeches will highlight individual class day ceremonies, held before and after the university’s main commencement on Wednesday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m.

Columbia’s undergraduate schools — Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies — as well its 13 graduate schools, will hold their class day ceremonies between Saturday, May 16, and Thursday, May 21.

Unless otherwise noted, the news media is invited to cover these events. For directions, credential requirements and other information, visit: http://www.commencement.columbia.edu

Saturday, May 16
Business School Executive M.B.A. Recognition Ceremony
Speaker: Bruce Greenwald, the Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management and director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing
10 a.m., Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Morningside Heights campus

Sunday, May 17
Business School M.B.A. Recognition Ceremony
Speaker: Robert Friedman, chairman and CEO of Radical Media
3 p.m., South Lawn, Morningside Heights campus

Monday, May 18
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Class Day
Speaker: James Albaugh, executive vice president of The Boeing Company
9:30 a.m., South Lawn, Morningside Heights campus

School of International and Public Affairs Commencement
Speaker: Brent Scowcroft, former U.S. national security adviser
2 p.m., Riverside Church,

440 Riverside Dr
.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Convocation 1
Speaker: Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education
3:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Chapel, Morningside Heights campus

School of General Studies Class Day
Speaker: Philippe Reines, senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
5 p.m., South Lawn, Morningside Heights campus

Tuesday, May 19
Columbia College Class Day
Speaker: Eric Holder, U.S. attorney general
9:30 a.m., South Lawn, Morningside Heights campus

Graduate School of Journalism Day  (Closed to media)
Speaker: Joshua Micah Marshall, founder of Talking Points Memo
10 a.m., Miller Theatre, Morningside Heights campus

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences M.A. Convocation
Speaker: Anne Higonnet, professor of art history and archaeology
10:30 a.m., Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Morningside Heights campus

Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduation
Speaker: Alma Merians, professor and chair of the Department of Developmental and Rehabilitative Sciences at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
1:30 p.m., Alumni Auditorium, Columbia University Medical Center

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Convocation 2
Speaker: Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor and senior fellow in international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations
3:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Chapel, Morningside Heights campus

Mailman School of Public Health Graduation
Speaker: Paul Farmer, the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and founding director of Partners in Health
3:30 p.m., New Balance Track & Field Arena,
216 Fort Washington Ave.
, at
168th Street


School of Continuing Education Class Day  (Closed to media)
Speaker: Rita Charon, professor of clinical medicine and director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons
5 p.m., Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Morningside Heights campus

Wednesday, May 20
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Professional Degree Commencement   (Closed to media)
Speaker: Mark Wigley, dean of the architecture school
12:15 p.m. (second professional degree); 2:15 p.m. (first professional degree), St. Paul’s Chapel, Morningside Heights campus

Occupational Therapy Commencement/Convocation and Awards Ceremony
Speaker: Penelope Moyers Cleveland, president of the American Occupational Therapy Association
1:30 p.m., Alumni Auditorium, Columbia University Medical Center

College of Physicians and Surgeons Commencement
Speaker: Lawrence K. Altman, chief medical correspondent for The New York Times
2 p.m., New Balance Track & Field Arena,
216 Fort Washington Ave.
, at
168th Street


School of the Arts Presentation of Diplomas  (Closed to media)
Speaker: Jerry Saltz, art critic and columnist for New York magazine
2 p.m., Miller Theatre, Morningside Heights campus

School of Nursing Graduation
Speakers: Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami; and Phyllis Farley, founder of Doulas to Accompany the Dying
2:30 p.m., New York City Center,
131 W. 55th Street
, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

School of Social Work Graduation
Speaker: Diane Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership forum for America’s nonprofit organizations, foundations and corporations
3 p.m., Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, at
74th Street


Graduate School of Journalism Commencement  (Closed to media)
Speaker: Alejandro Junco de la Vega, Mexican newspaper pioneer and publisher of Grupo Reforma
3 p.m., Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Morningside Heights campus

Thursday, May 21
College of Dental Medicine Graduation
Speaker: Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia’s Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development
10:30 a.m., New Balance Track & Field Arena,
216 Fort Washington Ave.
, at 168th Street

Law School Graduation
Speaker: Gray Davis, former governor of California
1 p.m., South Lawn, Morningside Heights campus

About Columbia University
A leading academic and research university, Columbia University continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Columbia's extensive public service initiatives, cultural collaborations and community partnerships enrich campus life. They help define the University’s underlying values and mission to educate students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S.

 



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