Date: May 22, 2006
Department: Chancellor's Office
The Class of 2006 includes graduates from 15 countries, 19 U.S. states, and 209 Massachusetts communities; 187 graduate students and 1,200 undergraduates.
The main ceremony will be carried live on WSMU (91.1 on the FM dial and online at WSMU.org) and webcast at www.umassd.edu. The ceremony will include a commencement address by The New York Times Company President and CEO Janet L. Robinson, a Fall River native and former Somerset school teacher, and the award of honorary degrees to Robinson, New Bedford native and Wall Street executive William H. Hayden, former UMass trustee William E. Giblin, and Lincoln historian Harold Holzer.
"For our graduates, their families, and our faculty and staff, commencement day is the culmination of many years of hard work and sacrifice," Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. "This is our day to celebrate the individual accomplishment of each of our students, the collective accomplishment of our community, and the value of higher education."
The commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Vietnam Veterans Peace 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 colleges will distribute diplomas to the graduates at ceremonies at the following locations:
-College of Arts and Sciences, Amphitheater
-College of Engineering, Upper Quadrangle
-Charlton College of Business, rear of Group I
-College of Nursing, Main Auditorium
-College of Visual and Performing Arts, rear of Group VI
-School for Marine Science and Technology, Library
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.
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 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 E. Giblin '57, Wall Street executive William H. Hayden '62, and historian Harold Holzer.
Giblin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tweave Incorporated in Norton, which has been on the leading edge of innovation in the design, development and manufacture of stretch woven fabrics for half a century. He also served a decade as a trustee of the University of Massachusetts, beginning his service as the Dartmouth campus was becoming part of the UMass system.
He graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 1957 with a B.S. degree in Textile Engineering and has been a strong advocate for the U.S. textile industry, serving as a member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and the American Association of Textile Technologists. He has also been a member of the Board of Governors of the Northern Textile Association and Vice Chairman of the Textile Advisory Council at UMass Dartmouth. He is Treasurer of the Northeastern Textile Foundation and a member of the Textile Club.
Mr. Giblin was appointed to the UMass Board of Trustees in October, 1994 and re-appointed in 1999. He was appointed Vice Chair in 1999 and re-appointed in 2000. He also served as Vice Chair of the Governance Committee.
William H. Hayden is Senior Managing Director of Bear, Stearns and Co. The New Bedford native and 1962 UMass Dartmouth alumnus has designed and implemented investment plans that have shaped the skylines, landscapes and neighborhoods of states and major cities across the country. Through tax-exempt bond financing, he has raised billions of dollars for an international airport in Atlanta, the Wyoming Community Development Authority, the city and state of New York, Connecticut, and many other public entities.
Mr. Hayden has assisted a politically diverse cast of public leaders, from U.S. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. He sat on the staff of President Lyndon Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.
The former chairman of the National Association of Securities Professionals, Mr. Hayden has been a strong voice for diversifying the investment banking industry. In 1992, Black Enterprise magazine named him one of the "25 Hottest Blacks on Wall Street." In 1999, Mr. Hayden was honored by the NASP for "a lifetime of excellence and commitment to diversity" with his installation into the New York Wall Street Hall of Fame.
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, Mr. Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 23 books and 375 articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals, including Life magazine, American Heritage, Civil War Times, American History Illustrated, North & South, Blue & Gray, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times.
Mr. Holzer has also written a number of pamphlets and monographs on Lincoln, the latest of which are Lincoln's Deathbed in Art and Memory (with Frank J. Williams, 1998), Lincoln and The Jews (2002), and Standing Tall: The Heroic Image of Abraham Lincoln (2005). Mr. Holzer has contributed chapters to 21 additional books, including Lincoln and His Contemporaries (1999) and The Lincoln Enigma (2001). Most recently, he was the historical advisor to the book Why Lincoln Matters by Mario M. Cuomo (2004).
For more details on the 2006 UMass Dartmouth Commencement visit http://www.umassd.edu/commencement.