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Commencement Weekend is Here!
Graduates celebrate during the 2012 diploma presentation ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences.
The tents have been set up, the caps and gowns are being picked up, and everything is in place for approximately 1,500 students to receive their degrees during Commencement exercises this weekend.
More than 400 students will receive master’s and doctoral degrees during the graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, and nearly 1,100 students will receive bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during the undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday.
On both days, the main, University-wide ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the University Green. Sunday’s undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be followed by diploma presentation ceremonies for individual schools and colleges at designated sites around campus.
More than 40 percent of the members of the undergraduate Class of 2013 are expected to graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. In addition, a record-breaking 37 students will graduate from the University Honors Program. To graduate with University Honors, students must complete 18 credits of honors courses as well as a senior-year thesis or research project.
Answers to Your Questions About Commencement
For complete information about all aspects of Commencement, please visit the Commencement website at www.hartford.edu/commencement.
Once again this year, video information sessions about Commencement are available on demand at: http://hartford.edu/arts-events/commencement/Video_Info.aspx. The videos outline what to expect during the graduate and undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, and provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
For those who can't make it to the Saturday and/or Sunday Commencement ceremonies, you can watch live streaming video of the main ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. each day at www.hartford.edu/view.
Following the graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday and the undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, photos will be posted on the University of Hartford News Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/universityofhartfordnews).
Honorary Degree Recipients and Award Winners
Christopher M. Dadlez, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, will deliver the Commencement Address at the graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, and Bernard Cornwell, a British author of historical novels that have been adapted into popular television films, will address graduates and guests at the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday.
Dadlez will receive an honorary degree during Saturday's ceremony. At Sunday’s main undergraduate Commencement ceremony, honorary degrees will be presented to Cornwell and to Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; John Corigliano, prolific composer and professor of music at Lehman College of the City University of New York; and Walter Wick, award-winning children’s book author and photographic illustrator.
Malcolm Morrison, who served as dean of the University’s Hartt School from 1998 to 2008, will be awarded the University Medal for Distinguished Service, which is presented infrequently to an individual or group who had a profound impact on the University.
Nancy Stula '83, '85, director and curator of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Conn., will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented annually to a University graduate who has made an exceptional impact on her/his profession, community, and the University. Another alumna, acclaimed tenor Robert Brubaker '77, will be presented with the 2013 Hartt Alumni Award during The Hartt School’s diploma presentation ceremony in Lincoln Theater.
Read more about Nancy Stula and Robert Brubaker.
The achievements of six faculty members also will be recognized during Sunday’s ceremony.
Susan H. Diehl, associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Nursing, College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), is this year’s recipient of the Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching. Robert H. Davis, professor of theatre in The Hartt School, is the recipient of the James E. and Frances W. Bent Award for Scholarly and/or Artistic Creativity. Donn Weinholtz, professor of educational leadership, ENHP, will receive the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University. David Pines, associate professor of civil, environmental, and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), will be presented with the Donald W. Davis All-University Curriculum Award.
The recipient of this year's Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize is Joshua Russell, assistant professor of music education in The Hartt School. In addition, Bryan Sinche, associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be awarded the first-ever Belle K. Ribicoff Endowed Professorship.
Read more about the faculty award winners.
The University also will recognize the accomplishments of three exceptional students who are members of the Class of 2013.
Dana Eckstein, who has been pursuing a double major in cinema and English in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the Belle K. Ribicoff Prize, which is awarded for academic excellence. Miles Aron, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Acoustical Engineering and Music program, will receive the John G. Martin Scholarship, which provides recipients with the extraordinary opportunity to study for two years at the University of Oxford’s Hertford College in England. Peter Bowers, who majored in mechanical engineering with a concentration in acoustics in CETA, will be presented with the John G. Lee Medal. The medal is given annually to a graduating senior from Greater Hartford who has excelled academically and demonstrated a deep commitment to the community.