Willamette University to Award 668 Degrees May 12

The tent is going up, the robes are ironed and distinguished guests are making their way to Willamette University for commencement exercises Sunday, May 12.

The College of Liberal Arts will honor 364 graduates, the College of Law 132, Atkinson Graduate School of Management 88 and the School of Education 84. In all, 641 students will collect 668 degrees with 27 students receiving dual degrees.

The 641students represent 27 states and seven countries, and in keeping with national trends, the women outnumber the men 346 to 277. International students and students of color total 111.

The major events of the day begin at 10 a.m. with the Atkinson Graduate School of Management Commencement ceremony in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. The speaker is Dr. Vivian Bull, president of Linfield College.

At noon, the College of Law will honor its graduates at the Cone Field House, Sparks Center. Robert Hirshon, president of the American Bar Association and 2002 Willamette honorary degree recipient, will give the College of Law address.

At 3 p.m., the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Education will hold a joint commencement ceremony under the tent on the Quad. James Cuno, director of the Harvard University Art Museum, will receive on honorary degree. Also receiving an honorary degree and delivering the commencement address is Dr. Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School.