Washington University’s Commencement begins at 8:30 a.m. May 16 in Brookings Quadrangle

WHAT: Washington University’s 147th Commencement. The university will bestow degrees on 2,655 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The university also will bestow honorary degrees on six individuals.

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show,” will deliver the 2008 Commencement address.

• During the ceremony, Matthews also will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Washington University’s five other honorary degree recipients and their degrees are:

Quincy Jones, composer, conductor, solo artist and record, film and television producer, doctor of humane letters; Lee Seng Tee, internationally recognized business executive, major philanthropist and patron of the arts, doctor of humane letters; Phyllis Schlafly, national leader of the conservative movement, author and editor, doctor of humane letters; Egon Schwarz, Ph.D., Washington University’s Rosa May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, professor emeritus in German in Arts & Sciences and leading scholar of 19th- and 20th-century German literature, doctor of humane letters; and Jessie L. Ternberg, M.D., Ph.D., Washington University professor emerita of pediatrics and of pediatric surgery, renowned researcher and pioneer of women in medicine, doctor of science.

WHERE: Brookings Quadrangle, which is directly west of Brookings Hall, the university’s main administration building that sits on hill overlooking Forest Park.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2008

MEDIA CHECK-IN: News organizations sending a reporter to Commencement need to call Sue Killenberg McGinn by 6 p.m. May 15 to make arrangements for a reserved-seating ticket. Mult boxes will be available.

ALL MEDIA MUST CHECK IN: Friday morning with WUSTL Public Affairs staff who will be located outside the south entrance to Brookings Hall, near the media parking.

MEDIA PARKING: Reserved media parking is available near the south end of Brookings Hall. Take Forsyth Boulevard or Forest Park Parkway to Hoyt Drive; take Hoyt to south leg of the circle drive that leads up to Brookings Hall, where a parking attendant will direct you. Please show attendant a media ID.

LIVE TV BROADCASTS: TV stations who plan to broadcast live from Brookings Quad must make arrangements with Liam Otten. Please call (314) 935-8494 (on 5/15) or (314) 324-2076 (on 5/16).

For more information the morning of Commencement, call Sue Killenberg McGinn at (314) 603-6008.