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Dual Commencement Ceremonies May 6 Will Make U of M History
For release: May 1, 2006
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For the first time since its founding in 1912, the University of Memphis will hold two spring general Commencement ceremonies in a single day. The University will award more than 1,600 degrees, including 34 doctorates, at FedExForum.

In a 10 a.m. ceremony, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the University College, and the School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology will confer degrees.

At 3 p.m., the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, the Herff College of Engineering, and the Loewenberg School of Nursing will hold commencement.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will award degrees to 109 students in a separate ceremony May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. By tradition, the law school has always had its own ceremony.

Speaker for the morning session will be Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A renowned scholar of Renaissance art, Cole came to the NEH in 2001 from Indiana University, where he was a distinguished professor of art history and professor of comparative literature. As NEH chairman, Cole launched We the People, an initiative to encourage the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. He has written 14 books, many of them about the Renaissance.

At the afternoon ceremony, the speaker will be Laurie Tucker, who holds two degrees from the U of M. Tucker is senior vice president of global marketing for FedEx Services, where she is responsible for marketing strategy, domestic and international product marketing, brand management, advertising, retail, supply chain marketing, business alliances, e-commerce, and customer experience management. She has instituted many growth programs for her employees, including a diversity council, mentoring program and an awards and recognition program. A 2001 recipient of the U of M's Distinguished Alumni Award, Tucker also serves on the U of M Board of Visitors.

For more information about Commencement, please visit http://saweb.memphis.edu/commencement/.

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