The University of Portland 2016 Commencement weekend will take place on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. The registrar’s office anticipates 871 undergraduate participants and 155 graduate participants. To accommodate the increasing number of graduates and family members, there will be two ceremonies this year: Commencement I, which begins at 10 a.m., is for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education; Commencement II, which starts at 2 p.m., is for graduates of the Pamplin School of Business, Shiley School of Engineering, and School of Nursing. Both ceremonies take place in the Chiles Center.
Regent D. Allen Lund and his wife, Kathleen Lund, will receive the University’s highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal. University alumnus Fedele Bauccio ’64, ’66 MBA, ’04 Hon., co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, will deliver the address for the morning ceremony, and Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle will receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the address at the afternoon commencement ceremony.
Other honorary doctorate recipients will be UP regent Steve Shepard ’58, educator and electrical engineer Eleanor Baum, Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C., women’s sports pioneer Cathy Rush, and University of Puget Sound president Ron Thomas.
Undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and faculty, related to their faculty assignment, are to be present at the Chiles Center no later than one hour before the ceremony begins (9 a.m. for Commencement I and 1 p.m. for Commencement II). The processions form in the north corridors and mezzanine of the Chiles Center. Enter the building through the north doors, off Portsmouth Avenue. Academic regalia will be worn; all faculty are expected to attend unless excused by their dean.
The School of Nursing pinning ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m., in the Chiles Center. The ROTC graduation ceremony will take place that day at 3 p.m. in the Bauccio Commons.
The Baccalaureate Mass and reception will take place on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Chiles Center. Graduates and faculty will assemble at 4:15 p.m. in the north corridors of the Chiles Center. The academic procession will begin promptly at 4:40 p.m. Academic regalia will be worn.
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