Timothy Shriver, chairman and chief executive officer of Special Olympics, will deliver the commencement address to more than 2,500 students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during graduation ceremonies May 10.
Shriver, who earned his doctorate in special education from UConn in 1997, also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the dual ceremonies in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.
On May 9, Robert Sternberg, dean of the Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences and an internationally recognized scholar and professor in the fields of psychology, education, and management, will deliver the commencement address to more than 1,700 graduate students. The ceremony begins at
1 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion. Sternberg will also receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree; and this year’s Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors will be recognized.
Overall, including the schools of law, medicine, and dental medicine, nearly 7,000 UConn students will receive degrees during ceremonies on May 9 and 10 in Storrs and May 17 in Hartford. Similar to last year, each school and college will host a ceremony for its graduating seniors, with its own speaker.
The CLAS ceremony, with 2,540 students eligible for graduation, is by far the largest of the schools. Its speaker, Shriver, has led Special Olympics for 11 years. During that period, he has helped the movement grow to include more than 2.5 million athletes and their families in more than 180 countries.
He also created Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, the world’s largest public health screening and education program for people with intellectual disabilities.
After earning his doctorate at UConn Shriver created the New Haven public schools’ Social Development Project, and co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, the leading research organization in the country in the field of social and emotional learning. He currently chairs the collaborative.
Sternberg, the graduate school speaker, was formerly IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Yale. He is also a past president of the American Psychological Association.
On May 17 at 10:30 a.m., nearly 300 students who will be eligible to receive Juris Doctor or Master of Laws degrees will be addressed by Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. since 2006. Bair was previously Dean’s Professor of Financial Regulatory Policy at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass-Amherst. She has also held senior positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
At 2 p.m. on May 17, more than 100 students will be awarded medical or dental degrees during ceremonies at the Connecticut Convention Center. They will be addressed by Keith Batchelder, founder and chief executive officer of Genomic Healthcare Strategies, a company specializing in the changes in healthcare resulting from advances in molecular medicine.
Batchelder graduated from the UConn School of Dental Medicine in 1979. He holds a master’s degree in biomaterials from New York University.
In Storrs, the schools of fine arts and pharmacy, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will celebrate their students’ achievements on May 9. The schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing and the Center for Continuing Studies
will hold ceremonies in Storrs
on May 10.
At 9 a.m. May 9, Victor Yanchick, dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy, will address UConn’s doctor of pharmacy students in the Lewis B. Rome Ballroom.
At 4 p.m., the School of Pharmacy will celebrate students who have earned bachelor of science degrees from the school, also in the Rome Ballroom. They will be addressed by Jennifer Osowiecki, a healthcare and litigation attorney and a partner in the Hartford law firm of Cox & Osowiecki;
Gary English, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and head of the Department of Dramatic Arts will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the School of Fine Arts. The ceremony will be held in Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on May 9, beginning at 5 p.m.
William Finch, mayor of Bridgeport, who holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from UConn, will deliver the commencement address to students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The ceremony will be held in Gampel Pavilion on May 9, starting at
On May 10 at 9 a.m., John Kim, president and chief executive officer of New York Life Investments, who earned his MBA from UConn, will be keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony for the School of Business. The event, honoring more than 600 graduates, will be held in Gampel Pavilion.
Also at 9 a.m. May 10, in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Richard Schwab, the outgoing dean of the Neag
School of Education, will address students graduating with degrees in education.
The School of Engineering will hold a ceremony on May 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Jorgensen Auditorium for more than 300 graduates. Sharon Nunes, vice president of Big Green Innovations at IBM, will address the graduates.
At 2:30 p.m. May 10, the Center for Continuing Studies will honor more than 300 students who have earned bachelor of general studies degrees. The event, to be held in the Lewis B. Rome Ballroom, will feature an address by Chandler Howard, president and chief executive officer of Liberty Bank, who earned a BGS from UConn in 1992.
And, at 4 p.m. on May 10, Eleanor Krohn Herrmann, curator of the School of Nursing’s Josephine A. Dolan Collection of artifacts and emeritus professor of nursing, will deliver the keynote address during the school’s ceremony in Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.