UMass Dartmouth's College of Visual & Performing Arts, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, School for Marine Science & Technology Commencement Takes Place Today

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz to Address Class of 2014, Professor Emeritus Lester Cory '63 to Receive Chancellor's Medal, United States Army Colonel (Retired) Susan Annicelli '78 to Receive Honorary Degree

UMass Dartmouth's Commencement ceremony for its College of Visual & Performing Arts, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, and School for Marine Science will take place today. The Commencement scheduled for today has been moved to the UMass Dartmouth Tripp Athletic Center due to the forecast of inclement weather. 

The ceremony for the College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the School of Marine Sciences and Technology is scheduled to begin at 10 am. 

United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz will be the main speaker and receive an honorary degree at the Commencement ceremony. As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama's goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. 

UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering Professor Lester Cory '63 will receive the Chancellor's Medal. The Chancellor's Medal, awarded at the sole discretion of the Chancellor, recognizes individuals and organizations whose contributions to society represent the core values of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth -- lifelong learning, innovative research, and civic engagement. 

United States Army Colonel (Retired) Susan Annicelli '78 will receive an honorary degree. Colonel Annicelli is an Ambulatory Field Surveyor with the Department of Accreditation and Certification Operations at The Joint Commission. Before joining The Joint Commission team, Colonel Annicelli held positions as a practitioner, educator, consultant and senior health care executive in the U.S. Army. 

Rola Hassoun '14 of the College of Engineering has been chosen to address her fellow graduates of the UMass Dartmouth Class of 2014. 

Additional Info: 

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Visual & Performing Arts, School of Marine Science and Technology 
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10:00 am -- 11:30 am 

Honorary Degree Recipient/Commencement Address: 
Dr. Ernest Moniz (Honorary Doctor of Science) 
United States Secretary of Energy 

Chancellor's Medal Recipient:: 
Lester Cory '63 
Professor Emeritus, UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering 

Honorary Degree Recipient: 
Susan Annicelli '78 RN, MS, MSN (Honorary Doctor of Nursing) 
Colonel (Retired), United States Army 

Student Commencement Speaker: 
Rola Hassoun '14 
College of Engineering 

Yesterday, UMass Dartmouth's Commencement ceremonies for the Charlton College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences took place at the University's Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater. Business leader Robert Leduc '78 and Reverend Liz Walker addressed the Class of 2014. Chief Administrative Officer of Babson College and former UMass Building Authority Executive Director Katherine Craven and Senate President Therese Murray received the Chancellor's Medal. 

The UMass Law Commencement is scheduled for Monday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in the Main Auditorium on the main campus. Governor Deval Patrick, whose leadership was essential in creating the UMass School of Law at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will be awarded the Chancellor's Medal for outstanding service to the Commonwealth and will deliver the keynote address at the law school's Commencement Exercises. 

Reserved parking for media members is available in lot 13 on the main campus. Media credentials, especially for photographers, must be visible throughout coverage of any of the four ceremonies. Each Commencement ceremony can be watched live via UMass Dartmouth's WUMD FM 89.3 will also have live coverage of Commencement.

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