UMass Dartmouth's Commencement ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences will take place today at 10:00 am. at the University's Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater.
National Book Award Winner Dr. Carlos Eire will receive an honorary degree and offer the keynote address to the Class of 2015. Born in Havana, Carlos Eire was just 11 years old when he and his brother were among 14,000 children airlifted out of Castro's Cuba in the 1960s without their parents. His first memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana won the 2003 National Book Award and has been translated into more than a dozen languages--but has been banned in Cuba. His latest memoir, Learning to Die in Miami (2010), explores the exile experience.
Heather Fatcheric '15 will deliver the student address at the ceremony. Heather was recognized on May 14 at the Massachusetts State House as one of "29 Who Shine" -- an elite group of students representing the Commonwealth's 29 public colleges and universities who have excelled in academic and civic pursuits.
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. Space at the ceremony has been reserved for media.
Each Commencement ceremony can be watched live via umassd.edu/commencement/watchonline. UMass Dartmouth's WUMD FM 89.3 will also have live coverage of Commencement.
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