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Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 / Fax (410) 516-5251

May 14, 1999
Steve Libowitz

Editor's/Producer's Note: There will be a press section for print and broadcast reporters and photographers stage right toward the front of the seating area. Press credentials are required.

Presidential Candidate John McCain to Address Students at Johns Hopkins Commencement

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain will be the commencement speaker at The Johns Hopkins University undergraduate diploma ceremony to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, on the Keyser Quadrangle on the Homewood campus. University president William R. Brody will continue his tradition of speaking at the university-wide commencement ceremony, to be held at 9:30 a.m. on the Keyser Quadrangle (aka Gilman Quad or Upper Quad).

About the Speakers

John McCain, who announced his intention to run for president on April 13, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. After a career in the U.S. Navy and two terms as a U.S. Representative (1982-86), he is currently serving his third term in the U.S. Senate (1986 - present). In the 106th Congress, Sen. McCain is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee an serves on the Armed Services and Indian Affairs Committees. The senator has been chairman of the International Republican Institute since 1993.

William R. Brody took office Aug. 26, 1996, as Johns Hopkins' 13th president. he returned to Johns Hopkins from the University of Minnesota, where he had been provost of the Academic Medical Center since 1994. Preciously, while director of the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and radiologist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he chaired the university-wide task force the Committee for the 21st Century that spent nearly two years examining how Johns Hopkins should refocus its efforts in light of new and foreseeable challenges.

About the Graduating Class

Expected number of graduates 1,085  
   Arts & Sciences 572  
   Continuing Studies 70  
   Engineering 209  
   Nursing 177  
   Peabody 57  
Expected number of master's degree candidates 3,262  
   School of Advanced
   Int'l Studies
   School of Arts
   and Sciences
   Continuing Studies 1,062  
   School of Engineering 753  
   School of Medicine 11  
   School of Nursing 72  
   Peabody Conservatory 151 (includes 41 graduate performance diplomas)
   School of Public Health 431  
Expected number of doctoral degree candidates 542  
   School of Advanced
   Int'l Studies
   School of Arts
   and Sciences
   Continuing Studies 2 (D.Ed)
   School of Engineering 47  
   School of Medicine 179 (128, M.D.; 51, Ph.D.)
   School of Nursing 3  
   Peabody Conservatory 27  
   School of Public Health 145  
Expected number of certificates (and equivalent) conferred 158  

About the Ceremonies

The university-wide ceremony is the ceremony at which all university degrees are conferred by the university president. The students who receive their diplomas on stage, however are doctoral students from the university's Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the G.W.C Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Continuing Studies, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine (Ph.D.s only), Peabody Institute and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. This ceremony also recognizes the new members of the Society of Scholars and is the occasion at which the university confers honorary degrees of doctor of humane letters.

The Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony is the one at which the seniors from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, who officially graduated when degrees were conferred in the morning ceremony, cross the stage to receive their diplomas. It is also the occasion when the senior class gives out its many awards, recognizing peers, faculty and staff for their contributions and achievements.

Each of the university's eight schools holds divisional diploma award ceremonies. They each choose their own speaker and carry on their own traditions.

About the Honorary Degree Recipients

Mary Ellen Avery
Mary Ellen Avery is one of the world's leading pioneers in the field of neonatology--her research focusing on premature birth, lung development and respiratory problems of the newborn. Her landmark research on the respiratory problems of infants is the foundation for today's treatment and prevention of respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn. She is a Johns Hopkins alumna and faculty member, who became, in 1974, the first woman to head a major department at Harvard Medical School. She also founded Harvard's Division of Newborn Medicine

Finn M. W. Caspersen
Finn Caspersen has influenced and advanced the mission of Johns Hopkins as chairman of the Hodson Trust, whose generous grants over more than four decades have steadily increased under his guidance. His commitment to investing in exceptional individuals is reflected not only in the Trust's philanthropy, but also in his success, as chairman and CEO of the highly profitable Beneficial Corporation, in creating a caring corporate culture. Hodson Scholarships have attracted some of the nation's most outstanding undergraduates to the Homewood schools. Hodson grants have enabled senior researchers and young investigators to pursue creative research initiatives at the Oncology Center. The Trust has helped to underwrite scores of imaginative projects by winners of the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards; innovative applications of information technology in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and the creation of the Johns Hopkins crew team. And Hodson support has also played a key role in enabling the School of Continuing Studies to prepare future leaders and practitioners in education, particularly in the field of learning disabilities.

A. James Clark
Jim Clark's goal was to study architecture at an Ivy League university. But limited finances led him to pursue an engineering degree at a state school. So instead of designing buildings, he became one of the nation's foremost builders of them. He built up the companies that became Clark Enterprises, now one of the country's largest general contracting firms, with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. Clark Enterprises has built many landmark projects including two wings of the National Museum of Natural History, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the World Bank headquarters. Currently, his company is constructing a new cancer research center on the Johns Hopkins' medical campus. His stellar record of public service and philanthropy, particularly related to higher education, has been visibly recognized. The engineering school at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park, bears his name. And at Johns Hopkins, his recent $10 million gift will enable the university to build Clark Hall on the Homewood campus, housing leading-edge biomedical engineering research and instruction.

The Rev. Clyde Shallenberger
Clyde Shallenberger began his service to the Johns Hopkins community in 1963, arriving as director of the Chaplaincy Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a pastoral care service that for many became as important as the expert medical care they would receive. He was there for thousands of Johns Hopkins patients during 30 years of service, supporting them at times of personal crisis and providing a gentle, guiding hand through the terrible storms of disease, sickness and injury. Along the way, he ensured that the caregivers also had someone to turn to for comfort and support, and many faculty, administrators and staff did turn to him, often.

James A. Van Allen
Whenever we look at animated weather maps, hear satellite broadcasts or get news of NASA's latest sojourns, we can tip our hats to James Van Allen's lifetime devoted to space science, technology and education. In 1939, he set up work in a converted garage that became the first home of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. His design for a rugged vacuum tube, out of which 80 million devices were produced during World War II, helped turn the tide of battle. During the 1950s, he built a consensus for the International Geophysical Year, stimulating the flowering of artificial satellites, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a half century of efflorescent space science. The Van Allen radiation belt, named in his honor, is only one example of the mark he has left on the world.

Schedule of Ceremonies

University-wide Commencement
Thursday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon,
Keyser Quadrangle, Homewood Campus
(under tent rain or shine)
Speaker: Dr. William Brody, President, Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony Award Ceremony
Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences & G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering

Thursday, May 27, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Keyser Quadrangle, Homewood Campus
(under tent rain or shine)
Speaker: Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 27, 3:00 p.m.
Constitution Hall 18 th & D, Sts. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Speaker: George Soros, Soros Fund Management L.L.C.
Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Master's Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 27, 6:30 p.m.
Shriver Hall, Homewood campus
Speaker: William A. Haseltine, chairman and CEO, Human Genome Sciences Inc.
School of Continuing Studies Undergraduate & Graduate Diploma Award Ceremony (except Ed.D.s)
Thursday, May 27, 7:30 p.m.
Keyser Quadrangle, Homewood campus
Speaker: Steven Muller, former president, Johns Hopkins University
G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering Master's Diploma Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m.
Keyser Quadrangle, Homewood Campus
(under tent rain or shine)
Speaker: Jane T. Nishida, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
School of Medicine Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 27, 2:30 p.m.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.
Speaker: George Lundberg, M.D., editor and chief, Medscape, the world's leading site for health and medical information on the internet.
School of Nursing Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 27, 4:00 p.m.
Turner Auditorium, School of Medicine
Speaker: Patricia A. Grady, director, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
Peabody Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 27, 8:00 p.m.
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Conservatory
Speaker: Eileen Farrell, versatile American dramatic soprano
School of Public Health Diploma Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.
Speaker: Antonia Novella, former U.S. Surgeon General

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