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Guide to Northwestern Convocations

Noted speakers will address Class of 2013 in events across campus

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June 10, 2013 | by Brendan Cosgrove

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The colleges and schools of Northwestern University will hold individual convocation events throughout the weekend of June 21 highlighted by speakers with messages honed to their particular audiences.

Northwestern’s main commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Ryan Field in Evanston. Convocation speakers, times and places follow.

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
11:30 a.m. June 22, Ryan Field
Alumnus Larry Irving, president and chief executive officer of the Irving Group, a consulting firm serving international telecommunications and information technology companies, will deliver a speech titled “Times Like These.” Irving was one of the principal architects of the Clinton administration’s telecommunications and Internet policy, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

School of Communication
1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. June 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Alumna Lydia Diamond is an award-winning playwright and Boston University assistant professor.

School of Continuing Studies
Undergraduate Convocation: 1 p.m. June 21, Alice Millar Chapel
Alumnus Ryan Bank founded Social Intelligence Corporation, a start-up that enables governments and corporate clients to gather social and open source intelligence.

Graduate Convocation 4 p.m. June 21, Alice Millar Chapel
Alumnus Timothy Dohrer is principal of New Trier High School's Winnetka campus. He has been named director of teacher education for Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy, effective this fall.

School of Education and Social Policy
3 p.m. June 21, Cahn Auditorium
Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher, an English teacher at Milwaukee's Rufus King International School, is a recipient of a 2013 Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award.

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Undergraduate Convocation: 8:30 a.m. June 22, Welsh-Ryan Arena
Alumnus Matt Levatich is president and chief operating officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Master’s Degree Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. June 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Alumnus Richard H. Tilghman is senior vice president of Pepper Construction Group.

Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony 3 p.m. June 21, Technological Institute
Alumnus Joseph Schofer is professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for faculty affairs at McCormick.

The Graduate School
Ph.D. and MFA Hooding Ceremony: 3 p.m. June 20, Cahn Auditorium
Dwight McBride is dean of The Graduate School.

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
10 a.m. (undergraduate) and 2 p.m. (graduate and IMC) June 22, Cahn Auditorium
Paul Tash is the newly elected chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Kellogg School of Management
5 p.m. June 21, Ryan Field
Alumna Ellen Kullman serves as chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont.

Bienen School of Music
9 a.m. June 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Claire Chase is executive director of the International Contemporary Ensemble and recipient of a 2012 "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine
In addition to events taking place on the Evanston campus during commencement weekend, students from the School of Law and the Feinberg School of Medicine previously participated in convocation exercises. Law students received their degrees May 17 and were addressed by alumnus Mark Walter, chairman and controlling owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Medical students participated in convocation May 23 and heard from Elizabeth G. Nabel, president of Boston's Bringham and Women's Hospital and professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Medicine.