Speakers planned for schools’ Commencement celebrations

The universitywide Commencement will be held Friday, May 18, in Brookings Quadrangle. But recognition ceremonies are held for a variety of student groups and individual schools next week also, some as soon as Tuesday, May 15. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)

A variety of distinguished speakers, faculty members and student leaders will take part in Commencement-related events for Class of 2018 graduates and their families and guests next week at Washington University in St. Louis.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, a renowned foreign policy expert, distinguished scholar, former top official at the State Department and author of a widely read article that sparked a national debate around women’s work-life balance, will deliver the address for the universitywide Commencement, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus.

Other speakers include:

Wednesday, May 16

Victoria L. May, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences and executive director of the Institute for School Partnership, for the University College ceremony, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in Graham Chapel. The student speaker is Gail A. Boker, candidate for a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in nonprofit management in University College.

Thursday, May 17

Jennifer R. Smith, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, for the College of Arts & Sciences ceremony, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, in Brookings Quadrangle. The student speaker is Reuben Hogan, a bachelor’s candidate in molecular biology and biochemistry with a minor in anthropology, both in Arts & Sciences.

Cynthia Weese, BS ’62, BArch ‘65, founding partner of Weese Langley Weese and dean emerita of the Washington University School of Architecture, for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ College of Architecture/Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design recognition ceremony, at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, in Graham Chapel. The undergraduate student speaker is Charles Clifford Hart, bachelor’s candidate in architecture. The graduate student speaker is Margot Shafran, candidate for master’s degrees in architecture and in liberal arts.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Athletic Complex Field House. The student valedictorians are Jessi Gray, Sydney Katz, Nikhil Patel and Vanessa Wu.

David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; Victoria J. Fraser, MD, Adolphus Busch Professor and head of the Department of Medicine; Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, the Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, director of the Division of Public Health Sciences, associate director of prevention and control for Siteman Cancer Center, director of the Master of Population Health Sciences, and deputy director of the Institute for Public Health; and David K. Warren, MD, professor of medicine, director of the Clinical Research Training Center, director of the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, for the Programs in Clinical Investigation, Population Health Sciences and Applied Health Behavior Research joint recognition ceremony, at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Eric P. Newman Education Center’s Great Room.

Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African-American students, for the Graduate School hooding and recognition ceremony, at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Athletic Complex’s varsity gym.

Charita L. Castro-Gonzalves, MSW ’99, chief of the Research and Policy Division at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, for the Brown School recognition ceremony, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Field House.

Artist Paula Wilson, BFA ’98, for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ College of Art/Graduate School of Art ceremony, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in Graham Chapel. The undergraduate student speaker is Yuwei Pan, a bachelor’s candidate in fine arts; the graduate student speaker is Jacopo Mazzoni, a master’s candidate in fine arts.

Friday, May 18

Razzy Ghomeshi, BSBA ’09, head of investment-grade trading in the U.S. for RBC Capital Markets, for the Olin Business School undergraduate recognition ceremony, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, in the Field House. The student speaker is Carter Kai Umetsu, candidate for a bachelor’s in business administration.

Nancy Staudt, dean of the School of Law and the Howard and Caroline Cayne Professor of Law, for the School of Law ceremony, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, in the Athletic Complex varsity gym. The faculty speaker is Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, vice dean for research and faculty development and professor of law; student speakers are Sarah Watson and Meire Ferreira.

Craig A. Buchman, MD, the Lindburg Professor and head of the Department of Otolaryngology, for the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences recognition ceremony, at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the Eric P. Newman Education Center’s main auditorium.

Bob Hansman, associate professor, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, for the Program in Occupational Therapy diploma ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Graham Chapel. The faculty speaker is Jeanenne Dallas, instructor of occupational therapy. Student speakers are Chase Elwood, candidate for a master’s in occupational therapy, and Katelynn (KP) Dornbusch, candidate for a doctorate in occupational therapy.

Donald Anthony Neumann, professor in physical therapy at Marquette University, for the Program in Physical Therapy at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at The Chase Park Plaza, Khorassan Ballroom, 212 N. Kingshighway. The faculty speaker is Gregory Holtzman, associate professor of physical therapy and associate director of clinical practice. The student speaker is Alyssa Faye Collier, candidate for a doctorate in physical therapy.

Adil Haider, MD, trauma and acute care surgeon and director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health, a joint initiative of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for the School of Medicine’s Doctor of Medicine program, at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, at America’s Center’s Ferrara Theater, 701 Convention Plaza. The student speaker is class president Jorge Zarate Rodriguez, a candidate for a doctor of medicine.

Sandeep Chugani, BSEE ’89, MBA ’91, senior partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, for the Olin Business School graduate recognition ceremony, at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the Field House. The student speaker is MBA candidate Neelam Vyas.

 

 

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