Final preparations for Commencement 2007 were underway on the Academic Quad Friday.

LEWISBURG, Pa. - More than 820 students will receive degrees from Bucknell University on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the Academic Quadrangle.

During the University's 157th commencement ceremony, Bucknell will award 25 master's degrees and 820 bachelor's degrees. (Visit the Home Page again Sunday for a Commencement report and links to photo galleries.)

Bucknell graduated its first students in 1851, when it awarded seven undergraduate degrees at what today is known at Taylor Hall. This year's class features students from 36 states and 16 countries. Commencement has been held on the Academic Quadrangle since 1970.

Commencement speaker
Renowned author and journalist Bob Woodward will deliver the commencement address. Woodward is the only contemporary American writer to author or co-author 10 No. 1 best-selling non-fiction books. His most recent book, State of Denial, published in 2006, analyzes the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq.

Class President Loren Fishkind of Port Chester, N.Y., an international relations and Spanish major, will deliver the class response. A member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Colleges Against Cancer, Fishkind is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

At the Sunday ceremony, the University will present two honorary degrees.

Honorary degrees
Richard Garman, who built a reputation in the construction industry and his extensive civic and philanthropic activities, will receive the honorary Doctor of Literature degree. Alan Leshner, whose distinguished work as a scientist includes teaching, research, administration, and service at the highest levels of government, will receive the honorary Doctor of Science degree. Garman attended Bucknell and Leshner began his career as a professor at Bucknell.

The Class of 2007 processed through the Christy Mathewson Memorial Gateway in August 2003 as new members of the Bucknell community. On Sunday, as the class prepares to graduate, they will again pass through the same gateway – this time marking their transition from students to alumni.

Additional 2007 commencement information.

Posted May 18, 2007

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