Alumni eNewsletter: Commencement is just around the corner! (Archives)

Gallaudet will hold its 139th Commencement on Friday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Field House. The procession of graduates begins at 1:15.

Graduating from college is an unforgettable time for graduates and their families. While they're ending a chapter of their lives, the graduates are also moving on to a challenging and exciting new phase of life. A total of 200 undergraduate and 137 graduate-level students are expected to obtain their degrees this year.

Dr. Robert Davila, '53, president, wrote to the Gallaudet community on April 28:

"In going about my daily business routine on campus, I feel the excitement mounting as we near May 16, the day we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2008. Today, I have some very special news for you regarding our 139th Commencement exercises. I am both pleased and honored to announce that Dr. Donald Langenberg, chancellor emeritus of the 13-member University System of Maryland, and the son of deaf parents—both Gallaudet alumni—will be this year’s Commencement speaker. Dr. Langenberg, known worldwide for his research and academic leadership, will also be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree at Commencement.

"I'm confident that Dr. Langenberg’s message to our newest alumni will be particularly inspiring. Because ASL was his first language, and due to his connection with the deaf community, he knows the importance of a Gallaudet degree. Dr. Langenberg’s knowledge and expertise have proven invaluable to the University as we have devoted our skills and energies to reaffirm our accreditation. He has guided us through the ongoing process, and we owe much of our progress to him. Dr. Langenberg continues to stay active in the classroom as a professor of physics and electrical engineering at the University of Maryland-College Park. He is highly respected for his contributions to science. He was named deputy director of the National Science Foundation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. He is vice chairman of the board of directors for The National Council for Science and the Environment, and president of the American Physical Society—one of the world’s largest organizations of physicists. It’s also impressive to note that Dr. Langenberg’s wife, Dr. Patricia Langenberg, is currently the vice chair and professor in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center."

A limited number of tickets will be available for families and Gallaudet staff and teachers, and should be picked up in the President's Office on the second floor of College Hall. No tickets are required for overflow seating in the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center's (JSAC) Multimedia Theater. Commencement will also be broadcast online and on campus cable TV, Channel 20.

A reception will follow the ceremony in the Jordan Student Academic Center.

Posted: 5 May 2008

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