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Bucknell University's 164th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the Academic Quadrangle, where the University expects to present 859 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees.
Among undergraduates, 702 members of the Class of 2014 will be awarded degrees in the arts and sciences, while another 157 will receive degrees in engineering. The soon-to-be graduates represent 33 states and the District of Columbia and 22 nations.
A live streaming video of the ceremony — from start to finish — will be presented online. || (Live streaming details)
Sheryl WuDunn, an award-winning columnist, celebrated journalist and best-selling author, will present this year's keynote commencement address. The author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, WuDunn is a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities LLC.
"Through her words and her actions, Sheryl WuDunn has shown a great passion for the social change that can be brought about by the actions of one," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "We are delighted to secure a speaker who is of such great interest to the Class of 2014, and we look forward to the message she will share as our graduates begin to make their own mark in this world."
Graduating senior political science and economics major Ralph "Chet" Otis will serve as the ceremony's student speaker. Tom Carle, a graduating senior majoring in music performance, will sing the National Anthem.
David Boger, who graduated from Bucknell in 1961 with a chemical engineering degree, will receive an honorary degree. An international consultant, Boger is professor of engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Barring heavy rain or severe weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held on the Academic Quad; guests should dress accordingly. In the event inclement weather prompts a decision to hold the ceremony indoors, an alert will be emailed to the campus community and posted to the University's homepage and social media channels. For more information, see Commencement FAQs.
If inclement weather prompts a decision to hold the ceremony indoors, the ceremony will take place in Gerhard Fieldhouse. That decision will be made by 7 a.m. Sunday, and an alert will be emailed to the campus community and posted to the University's homepage and social media channels. || Follow BucknellU on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.
If weather does force the ceremony inside, graduates and ticket holders will be permitted in Gerhard Fieldhouse. Other guests will be able to view a live broadcast of the event at one of several locations, including the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building, and several classrooms. For those unable to attend in person, a live streaming video of the ceremony — from start to finish — will be presented online. || (Live streaming details)
Other graduation weekend event highlights:
- The third annual Commencement Concert with Rosanne Cash begins at 7 p.m. on May 16 in the Weis Center. Cash and husband John Leventhal will perform music from their most recent album, The River and the Thread, a collection of new original songs. General admission tickets are $30 per person, $24 for seniors ages 62+, $20 for children under 18, $20 for non-Bucknell college students, $10 for Bucknell students, and $20 for Bucknell employees. Advance tickets can be charged through the Campus Box Office or by calling 570-577-1000.
- The Inter-Religious Baccalaureate Service for graduates and guests will be held in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. This year's speaker is Rabbi Serena Fujita, Jewish Chaplain at Bucknell. The Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers will participate in the service. No tickets are required, but seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Following Baccalaureate, seniors will line the perimeter of the Academic Quadrangle at 9 p.m. to participate in the Candlelighting Ceremony, an event that recreates the ceremony in which the class participated during their first-year orientation. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to attend and will be seated in the center of the Quad. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Gerhard Fieldhouse.
- On Sunday, the Class of 2014 will process in academic cap and gown to the Academic Quad from the Christy Mathewson Memorial Gateway, the same gate through which they passed as first-year students when they were welcomed into the Bucknell community. This passage will mark their transition to alumni. Bucknell has more than 50,000 living alumni.
A complete schedule of Commencement events, registration and general information, including accommodations and dining, is available at Commencement 2014.