Speakers lined up for 2016 Commencement ceremonies

More than a dozen distinguished individuals will speak at Commencement-related events this week for Washington University in St. Louis graduates and their friends and families.

U.S. Congressman John R. Lewis, considered one of the most influential leaders in the civil rights movement, will give the Commencement address. The universitywide ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus, where about 2,800 members of the Class of 2016 will receive their degrees.

Other speakers during the week include:

Wednesday, May 18

Mary-Jean Cowell, associate professor of dance in Arts & Sciences, for the University College ceremony, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Simon Hall Auditorium. The student speaker is Kelly Sherfy, a master’s candidate in human resources management in University College.

Thursday, May 19

Jennifer R. Smith, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, for the College of Arts & Sciences ceremony, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, in Brookings Quadrangle. The student speaker is Lydia Zoells, a bachelor’s candidate in English with a German minor, both in Arts & Sciences.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Aaron Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, for the School of Engineering undergraduate ceremony, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Athletics Complex Field House. The student speakers are Stephanie Adamakos, a bachelor’s candidate in electrical engineering, and Kelsey Lipman, a bachelor’s candidate in biomedical engineering.

Provost Holden Thorp, for The Graduate School ceremony, at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Athletics Complex varsity gym.

Rabbi Susan Talve, founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, for the Brown School ceremony, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Field House.

De Andrea Nichols, BFA ’10, MSW ’14, creative director of Civic Creatives and community engagement manager at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ College of Art/Graduate School of Art, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in Graham Chapel. The undergraduate student speaker is Dante Mario Migone-Ojeda, a bachelor’s candidate in art and in physics in Arts & Sciences; the graduate student speaker is Jonathan Patrick Berger, a master’s candidate in visual art.

Friday, May 20

Erik L’Heureux, BA ’96, associate professor at the National University of Singapore and founding principal of Pencil Office, for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ College of Architecture/Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design diploma ceremony, at 11 a.m. Friday, May 20, or immediately following Commencement, on Brookings Drive Mall. The faculty speaker is Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture. The undergraduate student speaker is Carrick Donald McClimont Reddin, bachelor’s candidate in architecture and in international and area studies. The graduate student speaker is Micah Daniel Stanek, a master’s candidate in architecture and in landscape architecture.

Nancy Staudt, dean of the School of Law and the Howard and Caroline Cayne Professor of Law, for the School of Law ceremony, at 11:15 a.m. Friday, May 20, in the Athletics Complex varsity gym. The faculty speaker is Russell K. Osgood, the John S. Lehmann Visiting Professor of Law, and student speakers are German Alonso Gonzalez Herrera and Steven J. Alagna.

Scott Helm, BSBA ’87, a private investor and founding partner of Energy Capital Partners, for Olin Business School’s undergraduate ceremony, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, in the Field House. The student speaker is Andrew Marc Giles.

Adam Pearson, program director of the Safe Haven at Peter & Paul Community Services, for the Program in Occupational Therapy ceremony, at 1 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Graham Chapel. The faculty speaker is Allison King, MD, PhD, assistant professor of occupational therapy. The student speakers are Brian Goedde, a doctoral candidate in occupational therapy, and Aaron Murray, a master’s candidate in occupational therapy.

Aaron Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, for the School of Engineering graduate ceremony, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Edison Theatre.

Sharon Dunn, president of the American Physical Therapy Association, for the Program in Physical Therapy, at 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Chase Park Plaza. The faculty speaker is Mary Hastings, associate professor of physical therapy. The student speaker is Timothy Fraticelli.

Thomas Hornbein, MD ’56, clinical professor emeritus and former chair of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and professor emeritus of physiology and biophysics at University of Washington School of Medicine, for the School of Medicine, at 3 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Ferrara Theater of America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. The student speaker is Anand “Andy” Mohapatra, a doctor of medicine candidate and class president.

Alaina Maciá, MBA ’02, president of medical transportation company MTM, for Olin Business School’s graduate ceremony, at 3 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Field House.

In addition, John F. Herber Jr., managing partner of accounting firm RubinBrown, spoke at Olin’s executive MBA ceremony April 30.

For the latest information on Commencement activities, visit commencement.wustl.edu or https://medicine.wustl.edu/education/traditions/commencement/schedule-2016/.

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