2013 Commencement Information:
DATE: February 20, 2013
TO: University of Utah Faculty Members
FROM: David W. Pershing, President
SUBJECT: 2013 General Commencement Ceremony, Thursday, May 2nd (social at 5pm; processional begins at 5:50 p.m.)
General Commencement exercises this year for all colleges except the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 2, 2013.
This Commencement ceremony traditionally marks the end of the academic year and your presence would lend a special significance to the day. The changes to this year’s General Commencement Ceremonies are a two-fold effort to complement the New U Student Experience, as well as create a more memorable and meaningful experience for our students and their families. Commencement will serve as an “opening ceremony” for the individual college convocations. It will be a celebration of the University community and the collective success/accomplishments of the graduating class.
I am delighted to inform you that this year’s keynote address will be given by Liz Murray, author of the New York Timesbest-selling memoir “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.”
Also at this time, the University will award honorary degrees to three individuals. They include Thomas D. Rees, U alumnus and plastic surgeon, educator, author and innovator who founded The Flying Doctors of East Africa; Apa Sherpa, a local mountaineer who holds the world record for the most summits of Mount Everest; and Andrea Brantzeg Thomas, U alumnus and accomplished business executive currently serving as senior vice president of sustainability for Walmart Stores.
The formal commencement processional begins at 5:50 p.m. and the program at 6:30 p.m. Faculty members are invited to assemble at 5 p.m. p.m. in 116 HPER West and join with colleagues in a faculty social prior to the procession.
Special seating for you will be provided on the floor of the Huntsman Center. The first 48 faculty members arriving that afternoon who wish to participate in the Faculty Honor Guard (those who are first in line and who congratulate the students as they walk by) will be given a number ranking as they enter the robing area. The Faculty Honor Guard is optional, but will be on a first-come basis.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to march in the processional, you will need academic regalia. If you do not have your own, orders must be submitted to the University Bookstore no later than Friday, March 8. Order forms are available through your department or directly with the bookstore online at: http://www.info.campusstore.utah.edu/docs/facultygraduation.html .
If you have questions concerning Commencement ceremonies, college convocations or graduation, please call the office of your dean, or the office of Mary Parker, Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, 801-581-3490 or email@example.com, whom I have designated to coordinate our Commencement and convocation programs.
I look forward to your joining me and other colleagues in this colorful and traditional academic event as we celebrate the achievements of our graduating students and the true meaning of the University.
5:00 p.m— a faculty social will take place in 116 West HPER.
5:30 p.m— Faculty will begin to line up in two rows in preparation for the march. (Rainy Day Plan In the event of rain or snow, faculty will be directed to the tunnel where they will line up for the processional.)
5:50 p.m - Processional begins.