The Fall River-born president of the New York Times Company, a former school teacher in Newport and Somerset, who now leads one of the most influential organizations in the world, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2006 on May 28.
Janet L. Robinson, who will also receive an honorary degree at the commencement, became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company on December 27, 2004. As CEO, she oversees and coordinates all of the company's print, digital and broadcast operations and business units. She has held major leadership positions with the company since 1990.
"Few industries have faced such rapid and dramatic change as the publishing industry during Janet Robinson's tenure with New York Times Company," Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. "Our 1,400 graduates this spring, as well as the citizens of Ms. Robinson's home region, will benefit greatly from hearing the perspective of this truly innovative leader whose roots are here on the SouthCoast."
In August 2005, Ms. Robinson was named to Forbes magazine's annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women; in May 2005, for the third consecutive year, The New York Times Company was named to Business Ethics magazine's list of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens"; and in February 2005, The New York Times Company was ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive year among peers in Fortune Magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies."
Also receiving honorary degrees on May 28 will be former trustee William Giblin '57, Wall Street executive William Hayden '62, and historian Harold Holzer.
William Giblin, president and CEO of Tweave Incorporated, graduated from the university with a degree in textile engineering. He served on the UMass Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2004, and has played a national leadership role in promoting the textile industry.
William Hayden, who graduated with an accounting degree, has been a pioneer and trailblazer throughout his career. He is currently senior managing director Bear, Stearns and Co.
Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, he has authored, co-authored, and edited 23 books and 375 articles for popular magazines and scholarly journals. He currently serves as senior vice president at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. Like last year, degrees will be officially conferred and Ms. Robinson's address will be delivered in the amphitheater. Following the ceremony each of the university's five colleges--Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing, and Visual and Performing Arts--and the School for Marine Science and Technology will distribute diplomas to the graduates at separate locations.
For more details on the 2006 UMass Dartmouth Commencement, visit http://www.umassd.edu/commencement