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1,500 Students Will Graduate from the University of Hartford on Sunday

Posted 05/11/2011
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Anne Garrels, veteran reporter and former National Public Radio (NPR) foreign correspondent, will deliver the keynote address at the University’s 54th annual Commencement on Sunday, May 15. An estimated crowd of 10,000, including approximately 1,500 graduates, will attend the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Gengras Student Union building.

A press kit including bios and photos of award winners and honorary degree recipients, a parking pass, the Commencement program and more is available online at

The University will present honorary doctorate degrees to Peggy Lyman Hayes, a company regisseur and faculty member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Simon Konover, founder and chairman of The Simon Konover Company who was instrumental in the creation of the Konover Campus Center, and Paul Winter, Grammy-winning musician who interweaves instruments with the sounds of animals such as wolves, whales, eagles and several dozen other species of “wilderness musicians.”

The Commencement ceremony will also feature a “Charge to Class of 2011” by Nathan Palma, a marketing and management major in the Barney School of Business.

Seniors Matthew Forte, Joseph Dahlmeyer and Kaitlyn Brescia will also be honored at Commencement. Forte, a music history major in The Hartt School, will receive the Belle K. Ribicoff Prize, which is awarded for academic excellence. Dahlmeyer, a chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the winner of the John G. Martin Scholarship, which provides two years of study at Oxford University’s Hertford College in England. Brescia, an English major in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the John G. Lee Medal, given each year to a graduating senior from Greater Hartford who has excelled academically and demonstrated a deep commitment to the community.