Former National Science Foundation Director to Address UMass Dartmouth 104th Commencement

FORMER NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS UMASS DARTMOUTH 104TH COMMENCEMENT 1,522 graduates to hear Dr. Rita Colwell Business and civic leaders also to be honored DARTMOUTH, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that the former Director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rita R. Colwell would address the Universitys 104th annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23, 2004. Dr. Colwell is currently a Senior Executive at Canon U.S. Life Sciences Corporation and a distinguished faculty member at both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.

DARTMOUTH, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that the former Director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rita R. Colwell would address the University’s 104th annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23, 2004. Dr. Colwell is currently a Senior Executive at Canon U.S. Life Sciences Corporation and a distinguished faculty member at both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. 

Dr. Colwell will be joined by Fall River business leader and former Mayor Daniel E. Bogan and business and civic leader Anthony F. Andrade in being awarded honorary degrees at the commencement ceremonies, which are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. 

Of the 1,522 graduates, more than 1,250 will receive their bachelor’s degree and 272 will receive a Master’s or Doctorate degree. 

“Our 104th graduating class, the largest in UMass Dartmouth’s history, represents our hopes and aspirations for the future,’’ said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “As graduates they will be ready and willing to carry on the tradition of innovation that exemplifies our nation, Commonwealth and university; and the ideals of excellence and service that are personified in our honorary degree recipients. Dr. Rita Colwell, Anthony Andrade and Daniel Bogan have each made exceptional and inspirational contributions that are examples for all of us.’’ 

Appointed by President Clinton and approved by the US Senate, Dr. Colwell became the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation on August 4, 1998. During her tenure as Director, Dr. Colwell spearheaded the agency's emphases in K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education/training and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. Under her leadership, the Foundation received significant budget increases, and its funding recently reached a level of more than $5.3 billion. 

Before coming to NSF, Dr. Colwell was President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute from 1991 until 1998, and she currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology at both the University Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. 

Dr. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. Government, non-profit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. She is a nationally respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 600 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas, and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. Dr. Colwell is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences.

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Dr. Colwell holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics, from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. She will receive the Doctorate in Sciences. 

The University will also bestow a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Arts and Sciences upon business executive Anthony F. Andrade. Mr. Andrade is the founder and President of A&H Printing Company located in Rhode Island. Until 1998, Mr. Andrade was Chief Executive Officer at Universal Press, a company that he acquired and turned into the largest printer in New England with a national reputation for quality printing. He is also a partner in Legg Mason, one of the largest investment firms in America. 

A civic and business leader, Mr. Andrade serves on numerous Massachusetts, Rhode Island and national organizations, including the Board of Directors of BankRI, the International Institute of Rhode Island and the Board of Directors of PALCUS (Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States), a national organization located in Washington, DC. In addition, Mr. Andrade is a director of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, as well as the past president of Fundação Beneficente Faialense. 

According to UMD Portuguese Center Director Dr. Frank Sousa, “Mr. Andrade’s contributions to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth played a major role in the development of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. He is a founding member of the Center’s Advisory Board. More recently, Mr. Andrade played a leading role in the creation of the first Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, one of the first two chairs ever established at UMass Dartmouth.’’ 

Mr. Andrade was born in the Azores, Portugal and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. He has lived the American dream and has worked tirelessly to make that dream accessible to others. 

The third honorary degree, a Doctorate of Business, will be bestowed upon Fall River business executive and civic leader Daniel E. Bogan. 

Mr. Bogan is a Korean War veteran. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1959 at Bradford Durfee College of Technology and received a BA degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently the President of Borden Remington Corporation located in Fall River, Massachusetts. 

“Dan Bogan is a pillar of the community in Fall River, “ said Vice Chancellor Donald H. Ramsbottom. “I’ve served with Dan on many community organizations and in several private business ventures. In addition to being a close personal friend, I consider Dan Bogan to be one of the most generous, upright, magnanimous individuals that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and working with.” 

A committed public servant, Mr. Bogan served as a member of the Fall River City Council for more than twenty years and he presided as President of the Council for fourteen years until his retirement in 1990. Upon retirement from the City Council, Mr. Bogan went on to become the Mayor of Fall River. During his tenure as Mayor, he spearheaded plans to construct the antique carousel in Battleship Cove. 

Chancellor MacCormack described Daniel Bogan as, “A dedicated and tireless advocate for higher education who for more than a decade has served the University system as a trustee, as a member of the UMass Dartmouth Foundation board of directors and as the sponsor of an academic scholarship. Throughout his distinguished professional career, Dan Bogan has always maintained a deep personal commitment to public service.’’ 

The commencement ceremony will begin with the traditional procession of faculty, alumni and graduates from the quadrangle to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. There will also be a live simulcast of the ceremonies broadcast in the auditorium, the library browsing area and the Campus center. 

This year, special seating has been reserved in the amphitheater for the graduates’ parents and other immediate family members. Each student has been allotted two tickets for the family seating section. Other friends and family members can sit in the unreserved sections of the amphitheater or the nearby simulcast viewing areas. 

Graduates will gather by the different departments and colleges at various locations throughout the campus quadrangle. The graduates are expected to be ready and in line for procession no later than 9:45am. In addition to the graduates and faculty, the commencement procession will include nearly 30 members of the alumni association, including some alumni that are celebrating their fiftieth reunion and one alumnus, Mitchell S. Ciborowski, from the class of 1934 at the New Bedford Textile School. 

In the event of rain, the commencement ceremonies will be held in the Francis Tripp Gymnasium, with a live simulcast of the ceremonies broadcast in the auditorium, library browsing area and the campus center. Graduates will be allowed only one guest in the gymnasium however, other guests are invited to view the live simulcast of the ceremonies in the alternate campus locations. 

On commencement morning, the University Commencement Committee is sponsoring a special complimentary breakfast services for graduates. The breakfast for graduates will be available in two locations under tents located near the library and on the quad between the Foster building and the College of Visual and Performing Arts building. In addition, Sodexho will have breakfast services available for purchase by the general public in the Campus Center. 

Additional information can be found here: http://www.umassd.edu/commencement/ 


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