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Office of News and Information
212 Whitehead Hall / 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2692
Phone: (410) 516-7160 / Fax (410) 516-5251

May 5, 1995
CONTACT: Dennis O'Shea

1995 Commencement and
Diploma Ceremony Information

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., will be the main commencement speaker at The Johns Hopkins University on Thursday, May 25. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, one of the honorary degree recipients, will also speak briefly.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. on the upper quadrangle at the Homewood campus of the university at 3400 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.

Details: No special credentialing is anticipated, but we would appreciate knowing you intend to come so we can hold sufficient space in the media section. Call the contacts listed above; also, please call if you would like directions to campus faxed to you. The site will be under a tent and will not be changed in case of bad weather. A mult box will be available.

Other notes: Sen. Mikulski, who has a niece and a nephew in the graduating class, and Queen Sirikit are among five persons who will be awarded the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

The other recipients:

  • Chung Ju Yung, founder and honorary chairman, Hyundai Business Group.
  • Ted Koppel, anchor, ABC News "Nightline."
  • Lucile P. Leone, former assistant surgeon general and first chief nurse of the U.S. Public Health Service.

The total number of degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded is expected to be 4,389. Of those, 1,068 are bachelor's degrees, 2,818 are master's degrees and 452 are doctoral or medical.

A separate diploma distribution ceremony for the 777 graduating seniors in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the same location as the morning commencement. The speaker will be Ted Koppel, anchor of ABC's "Nightline." Koppel, a 31-year veteran of ABC News, has won every major broadcasting award, including 23 Emmy Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Note: Other Johns Hopkins University divisions will be holding diploma ceremonies, or other commencement-related activities, at the following times and locations. Several of the speakers are prominent figures in government, business and the arts and are potentially newsworthy. Contact the public affairs office of the appropriate division for information.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: 10 a.m., May 24, Shriver Hall, Homewood campus, Baltimore. Speaker: Maj. Gen. Charles C. Cannon Jr., vice director, logistics, J-4, Pentagon.

G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering (master's degree recipients): 7 p.m., May 24, Gilman Quadrangle, Homewood campus, Baltimore. Speaker: Dr. Merrill Skolnik, superintendent, Radar Division, United States Naval Research Laboratory.

School of Arts and Sciences (master's degree recipients): 12:30 p.m., May 25, Shriver Hall, Homewood campus, Baltimore. Speaker: John T. Tierney, professor of political science, Boston College; fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

School of Hygiene and Public Health: 1:30 p.m., May 25, Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore. Speaker: George W. Comstock, professor of epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies: 2:30 p.m., May 25, Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Speaker: James A. Baker III, former secretary of state.

School of Medicine: 3 p.m., May 25, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, Towson, Md. Speaker: Abraham Verghese, professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases and geriatrics, Texas Tech University.

School of Nursing: 4 p.m., May 25, Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore. Speaker: Louise Wilmot, deputy director of world headquarters, Catholic Relief Services.

School of Continuing Studies: 7:30 p.m., May 25, Gilman Quadrangle, Homewood campus, Baltimore. Speaker: James T. Brady, secretary, Department of Business and Economic Development.

Peabody Conservatory: 8 p.m., May 25, Miriam Friedberg Concert Hall, the Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. Speakers: Hugo Weisgall, composer; and Melvin Steinberg, former Maryland lieutenant governor.

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