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University of Minnesota commencement ceremonies set for May

Contacts: Jeff Falk, University News Service, jfalk@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720
Kristin Anderson, University News Service, kma@umn.edu, (612) 624-1690

May 2, 2012

By the time spring commencement ceremonies end this 2011-2012 academic year, the University of Minnesota expects to have awarded more than 14,000 degrees. 

Notable speakers at this year’s ceremonies include:

Dessa, also known as Dessa Darling, is a renowned and innovative rapper, musician, writer and speaker. Originally from Minneapolis, Dessa has taken to the national stage, collaborating with the Doomtree collective and releasing three solo albums. She will speak at the College of Liberal Arts’ two commencement ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

Nontombi Naomi Tutu is a woman who faced the challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa, which is the foundation of Naomi’s life as an activist for human rights. She has said that those experiences taught her that our whole human family loses when we accept situations of oppression and that teaching and preaching hate and division injure us all. She will speak at the College of Education and Human Development commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

The complete commencement schedule, including speakers, for the university's colleges and schools is as follows:

College of Science and Engineering: Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and renowned computer scientist, 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, Mariucci Arena

College of Pharmacy: Bruce Thompson, R.Ph., M.S., director of pharmacy at Hennepin County Medical Center, 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, Minneapolis Convention Center

College of Continuing Education: Mark Ritchie, Minnesota secretary of state, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Ted Mann Concert Hall

College of Education and Human Development: Nontombi Naomi Tutu, 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10, Mariucci Arena

College of Education and Human Development (graduate students): Nontombi Naomi Tutu, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, Mariucci Arena

School of Nursing: Dr. Carolyn Wilson, president of Amplatz Children's Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, Mariucci Arena

School of Dentistry: Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, the first woman to become dean of a U.S. dental school (Howard University), 3 p.m. Friday, May 11, Mariucci Arena

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences: University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, Mariucci Arena

Law School, U.S. Senator Al Franken, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, Mariucci Arena

College of Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Cathy Woteki, USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Ted Mann Concert Hall

College of Design: John Cary, an advocate, speaker and writer who has pioneered a career at the intersection of design and social change, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Mariucci Arena

College of Biological Sciences (undergraduate): Daphne Preuss, CEO and co-founder of Chromatin Inc., a biotech company that is using its proprietary technology and sorghum seed products to develop feedstocks for renewable energy markets, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Mariucci Arena

College of Liberal Arts: Dessa, CLA alumnus and a renowned and innovative rapper, musician, writer and speaker.

11 a.m. Sunday, May 13, Mariucci Arena

4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, Mariucci Arena

Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, Ted Mann Concert Hall

Carlson School of Management: Thia Breen, president, North America, The Estée Lauder Companies

Graduate: 9 a.m. Monday, May 14, Mariucci Arena

Undergraduate: 1 p.m. Monday, May 14, Mariucci Arena

School of Public Health Commencement: Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., FACP, executive vice president and chief of medical affairs for UnitedHealth Group, 5 p.m. Monday, May 14, Mariucci Arena

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