May 13, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Thousands of family members and friends will gather Sunday, May 17, to cheer on approximately 900 undergraduate and graduate students during Bucknell University's 165th Commencement.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the Academic Quadrangle, where the University expects to present 860 undergraduate and 30 graduate degrees.

Among undergraduates, 715 members of the Class of 2015 will be awarded degrees in the arts and sciences, while another 145 will receive degrees in engineering. The soon-to-be graduates represent 34 states and the District of Columbia and 18 nations.

Graduating senior Ruby Fako, an economics major from Botswana, will serve as the ceremony's student speaker. Graduating senior Joanna Malaszczyk will sing the National Anthem.

A live streaming video of the ceremony — from start to finish — will be presented online. || (Live streaming details)

Commencement speaker
ABC News anchor, correspondent and award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff will present this year's keynote address.

Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996, serving as one of the network's lead correspondents and the anchor of the weekend edition of World News Tonight. In 2005, he was named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight.

A little more than a month later, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. In February 2007 Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report chronicling his traumatic brain injury, his painstaking recovery and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries.

"Bob Woodruff's continued success amid unimaginable tragedy demonstrates great perseverance," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "I believe his story will serve as an inspiration to the Class of 2015, particularly at this special moment in their lives."

Weather Updates
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, visit 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 inside. 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 fourth annual Commencement Concert begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, in the Weis Center with two-time Grammy Award-winning world musician Angelique Kidjo performing in concert. General admission tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 62+, $15 for children under 18, $15 for non-Bucknell college students, $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for Bucknell employees (limit 2). Graduating Bucknell seniors will receive one complimentary ticket to the performance, which must be redeemed through the Campus Box Office. 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 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. This year's speaker is The Rev. Dr. John Patrick Colatch, Bucknell University Chaplain. 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 2015 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 2015.


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