Posted on May 13, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Friends, family, faculty and staff will gather on Sunday, May 22, to celebrate the accomplishments of nearly 900 graduates at Bucknell University's 166th Commencement. The annual ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the recently renamed Malesardi Quadrangle.

The University will present degrees to 867 graduates, comprising 834 students receiving bachelor's degrees and 33 receiving master's degrees. Among undergraduates, 680 will receive degrees from the College of Arts & Sciences while 154 will receive degrees from the College of Engineering. The graduates represent 33 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 22 countries. 

Jennifer Brady '16, an animal behavior major from Center Sandwich, N.H., will be the student speaker. Mary Oluokun '16, an education and religion major from Worcester, Mass., will sing the national anthem.

A live streaming video of the entire ceremony will be presented online.

Commencement speaker

Leslie Moonves '71, president and CEO of CBS Corp., will serve as keynote speaker. It will mark the second time he has spoken to a Bucknell graduating class, as he previously gave the Commencement address in 1996. He will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

One of the most influential media executives in the world and a member of the Television Hall of Fame, Moonves has been in his current role since 2006 and a part of CBS' senior leadership team since 1995. Under his direction, CBS has been America's Most Watched Network in 12 of the last 13 years and is home to the nation's highest-rated drama (NCIS), comedy (The Big Bang Theory) and news program (60 Minutes).

Moonves, who holds a degree in Spanish from Bucknell, previously held leadership positions at 20th Century Fox Television, Saul Ilson Productions, Catalina Productions and Lorimar Television. Immediately before he moved to CBS, he was the president and CEO of Warner Bros. TV after it combined operations with Lorimar. During this time, he green-lighted megahits such as Friends and ER.

"Leslie Moonves' remarkable achievements represent the potential of a Bucknell education," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "He developed his passion for language and the arts into an extraordinarily successful career. He is a true exemplar of the power of the liberal arts."

Weather updates

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Gerhard Fieldhouse. If necessary, a decision to move the event will be made by 7 a.m. on May 22, and an alert will be emailed to the campus community and posted to the University's website and social media channels. For more information, visit Commencement FAQs and follow BucknellU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If the ceremony is forced indoors, only 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 more information, including a complete schedule of all Commencement Weekend events, registration and general information, visit Commencement 2016.


Commencement 2016


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