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December 2016 Commencement: Dates and Regalia Information


The University of Miami invites all faculty members to participate in the December 2016 Commencement Ceremony as part of the academic procession. The ceremony will be held in the Convocation Center on Thursday, December 15 at 10 a.m., for degrees granted from all schools and colleges, as follows:

  • School of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Communication
  • School of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • Miller School of Medicine (non-M.D. degrees)
  • School of Law
  • Frost School of Music
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies

REGALIA

Visit www.miami.edu/capandgown to order your regalia and R.S.V.P. by Friday, October 14. If you are attending as a doctoral advisor, please email commencement@miami.edu. If you need further information regarding commencement, call 305-284-1824 or email commencement@miami.edu.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR MAY 2017 COMMENCEMENT

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5 p.m. – Miller School of Medicine Ceremony

Thursday, May 11, 2017

1 p.m. – Graduate Degree Ceremony

(All graduate degrees, all schools and colleges except School of Law and Miller School of Medicine M.D. degrees)

5 p.m. – School of Law

Friday, May 12, 2017

Undergraduate Degree Ceremonies

8:30 a.m. – Arts and Sciences and Continuing and International Studies

1 p.m. – Architecture, Communication, Education and Human Development, Marine and Atmospheric Science, Music, and Nursing and Health Studies

5 p.m. – Business and Engineering

 

 

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Nobel Laureate Urges Graduates to Change the World

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Nobel Laureate Urges Graduates to Change the World


By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

For full commencement coverage visit the Special Report: 2016 Commencement

UM President Julio Frenk shares a joyous moment with two graduates.

UM President Julio Frenk shares a joyous moment with two graduates.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 6, 2016)—Their final exams, research papers, and senior class projects were completed within the past few days, but now the nearly 800 University of Miami students who assembled in the BankUnited Center Friday morning for the first of three commencement ceremonies faced a more daunting challenge: solving the planet’s most pressing problems.

Oscar Arias, the former two-time president of Costa Rica and a Nobel laureate who received an honorary degree and gave advice to graduates at the ceremony, wasted little time in making sure UM’s newest daughters and sons were aware of the task at hand.

“This planet needs you to achieve the greatest impact you possibly can,” he told the students, all of them graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It is no exaggeration to say the world is depending on you.”

And it is a world in crisis, he said, reeling off some grim statistics: 664 million people without access to safe drinking water, more than 800 million living in substandard housing, 17,000 children dying each day from hunger-related causes, 2.8 billion people surviving on less than $2 a day, and prejudice reaching the mainstream of political discourse in the United States.

“You are the leaders who will determine whether little by little we change our course and find a better way,” he said.

If anyone is familiar with finding a better way, it is Arias. When he took office in 1986 as Costa Rica’s president, Central America was rife with civil unrest. From the outset, he met with the presidents of nine Latin American countries and proposed an alliance to defend democracy and liberty and promote free and fair elections. His Arias Peace Plan led to the Esquipulas II Accords, signed by five Central American presidents on August 7, 1987. That same year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

During his address, Arias, who used the monetary award from his Nobel Peace Prize to establish the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, urged students to “make a difference in the world.”

“It requires not more money or more time,” he explained, “but leaders willing to consider a new way of doing things.”

He reminded them of the powerful words spoken by John F. Kennedy in his stirring presidential inaugural address some 55 years ago—that “Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”

“If that was true in 1961, it is true today,” said Arias, adding that the world possesses the resources to put an end to pressing problems such as hunger and disease.

From investing too much on military might and not enough in schools to expending too many words on racism instead of on reason and understanding, “We’re simply making bad choices,” he said.

He told students to be creative, to be innovators, and to think before they act, and act with tireless energy.

“Stand up against those who say it is unrealistic to resist poverty, inequality, and illiteracy,” he said. “You will reach the end of your days knowing you have truly lived.”

Ashley Dixon, who earned her Bachelor of Science in biology, called her graduation “a major accomplishment.”

“It feels like the beginning of the rest of my life,” she said. “It’s exciting but at the same time scary and daunting because there’s that feeling of the baby bird flying out of the nest.”

She plans to take a gap year, working as a scribe at a hospital. Inspired by her father, who is a physician, Dixon plans to go to medical school.

Mandory Exume is off to Japan, where he will teach English in a Japanese school. “I have a passion for languages,” said the English major, who visited Japan last year through UM’s Study Abroad program.

For Barbara Soto, her general studies degree with a concentration in business management “has been a journey.”

“I’m the first of four children in my family to earn a college degree,” said Soto, 48, shedding tears as she lined up with other students in the UM Field House prior to commencement. “I started a family right after I graduated from high school. College was a priority for me, but I thought it was more important to be with my kids.”

On Friday, her daughter, Jessica, and son, Daniel, were inside the BankUnited Center to see their mother accept her degree.

Said Soto, “Today, I’m an inspiration for them.”

At Friday’s midday commencement ceremony for the School of Architecture, School of Communication, School of Education and Human Development, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Frost School of Music, and School of Nursing and Health Studies, Stephen Lewis, the Canadian co-founder of AIDS-Free World who served the United Nations for two decades, urged students to see the “constant panorama of injustice and struggle” and create a more decent, civilized, and humane international society.

“It is a wonderful thing to immerse yourself in social change and to feel the sense of accomplishment of improving the human condition,” said Lewis, who is intimately familiar with that feeling. He has been improving the human condition for decades.

Before co-founding AIDS-Free World to expose the social ills—injustice, abuse, and inequality—that underpin and sustain HIV, he served as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, deputy executive director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York, and Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. In that capacity, he chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change.

Gillian Tett, an award-winning British author and the U.S. managing editor at the Financial Times who is widely credited with issuing some of the first public warnings about the bubbling financial crisis that exploded into the headlines in 2008, addressed more than 600 graduates of the School of Business Administration and the College of Engineering at the evening ceremony.

A graduate of Cambridge University, where she earned her Ph.D. in social anthropology, Tett has reported on an eclectic range of financial topics from around the world. She speaks multiple languages and is the author of several books, including The New York Times best seller, Fool’s Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe.

The School of Law and the Miller School of Medicine were set to hold their commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7.

 

 

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Commencement Speakers Bring Global Views

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Commencement Speakers Bring Global Views


By Maya Bell
UM News

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The spring commencement speakers, who will receive honorary degrees at four ceremonies over two days, are, from left, Jorge G. Castañeda, Oscar Arias, Stephen Lewis, and Gillian Tett.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2016)—Four international luminaries—the former foreign minister of Mexico who challenged his nation’s one-party rule, the former president of Costa Rica who won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Canadian co-founder of AIDS-Free World who served the UN for two decades, and the British U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times who foresaw the looming mortgage crisis—will be among the distinguished speakers at the University of Miami’s commencement exercises May 5-7, when more than 3,500 graduates walk the stage at the BankUnited Center.

All four speakers—political scientist Jorge G. Castañeda, Nobel laureate Oscar Arias, AIDS advocate and former diplomat Stephen Lewis, and anthropologist-turn-financial-journalist Gillian Tett—will receive honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for their notable contributions during one of four ceremonies that occur over two days, Thursday May 5 and Friday, May 6.

Rounding out the 2016 commencement speakers during the final two ceremonies on Saturday, May 7 will be documentary filmmaker, art collector, and philanthropist Dennis Scholl, a 1981 alumnus of the School of Law, who will deliver the address to 365  graduating law students at his alma mater’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., and UM President Julio Frenk, who will give his first commencement address as UM’s sixth president. A physician and public health expert who headed Mexico’s Ministry of Health, Frenk will share his advice with the nearly 200 new doctors who are graduating in the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2016 at 5 p.m.

Castañeda, the Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, will address more than 970 students who are expected to walk the stage for their master’s and doctorate degrees at the 4 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, May 5. A prolific writer and renowned public intellectual, Castañeda was one of the architects of former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s 2000 National Action Party candidacy, which ended the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s seven decades of one-party rule. He served as Fox’s foreign minister from 2000 to 2003, refocusing Mexico’s foreign policy on human rights and democracy.

Arias, Costa Rica’s two-time president who won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to stabilize Central America during one of its most turbulent periods, will share his advice at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 6, when about 770 students from the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate their graduation. Internationally renowned as a spokesperson for the developing world, Arias continues to promote human development, peace and democracy, and demilitarization in the developing world through the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, which he established with the monetary award from his Nobel prize. Since leaving office for the second time in 2010, he has concentrated on developing controls on the international arms trade, culminating in the approval of the International Arms Trade Treaty by the United Nations in 2013.

Lewis, who served as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001 to 2006, will address about 700 graduates from the School of Architecture, the School of Communication, the School of Education and Human Development, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, at the 1 p.m. undergraduate ceremony on Friday, May 6.

Through AIDS-Free World, the international advocacy organization Lewis co-directs, he continues to expose the social ills—injustice, abuse, and inequality—that underpin and sustain HIV. Prior to serving as special envoy, he was deputy executive director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York, and Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. In that capacity, he chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change.

Tett, an award-winning journalist who is widely credited with being the first mainstream journalist to issue public warnings about the bubbling financial crisis that exploded into the headlines in 2008, will address more than 600 graduates of the School of Business Administration and the College of Engineering at the 5 p.m. ceremony on Friday, May 6.

A graduate of Cambridge University, where she earned her Ph.D. in social anthropology, Tett has reported on an eclectic range of financial topics from around the world. She speaks multiple languages and is the author of several books, including The New York Times best seller, Fool’s Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe.

 

 

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Commencement Speakers Share Global Views

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Commencement Speakers Share Global Views


By Maya Bell
UM News

Commencement Speakers2

The spring commencement speakers, who will receive honorary degrees at four ceremonies over two days, are, from left, Jorge G. Castañeda, Oscar Arias, Stephen Lewis, and Gillian Tett.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2016)—Four international luminaries—the former foreign minister of Mexico who challenged his nation’s one-party rule, the former president of Costa Rica who won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Canadian co-founder of AIDS-Free World who served the UN for two decades, and the British managing editor of the Financial Times who foresaw the looming mortgage crisis—will be among the distinguished speakers at the University of Miami’s commencement exercises May 5-7, when more than 3,500 graduates walk the stage at the BankUnited Center.

All four speakers—political scientist Jorge G. Castañeda, Nobel laureate Oscar Arias, AIDS advocate and former diplomat Stephen Lewis, and anthropologist-turn-financial-journalist Gillian Tett—will receive honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for their notable contributions during one of four ceremonies that occur over two days.

Castañeda, the Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, will address more than 970 students who are expected to walk the stage for their master’s and doctorate degrees at the 4 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, May 5. A prolific writer and renowned public intellectual, Castañeda was one of the architects of former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s 2000 National Action Party candidacy, which ended the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s seven decades of one-party rule. He served as Fox’s foreign minister from 2000 to 2003, refocusing Mexico’s foreign policy on human rights and democracy.

Arias, Costa Rica’s two-time president who won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to stabilize Central America during one of its most turbulent periods, will share his advice at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 6, when about 770 students from the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate their graduation. Internationally renowned as a spokesperson for the developing world, Arias continues to promote human development, peace and democracy, and demilitarization in the developing world through the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, which he established with the monetary award from his Nobel prize. Since leaving office for the second time in 2010, he has concentrated on developing controls on the international arms trade, culminating in the approval of the International Arms Trade Treaty by the United Nations in 2013.

Lewis, who served as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001 to 2006, will address about 700 graduates from the School of Architecture, the School of Communication, the School of Education and Human Development, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, at the 1 p.m. undergraduate ceremony on Friday, May 6.

Through AIDS-Free World, the international advocacy organization Lewis co-directs, he continues to expose the social ills—injustice, abuse, and inequality—that underpin and sustain HIV. Prior to serving as special envoy, he was deputy executive director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York, and Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. In that capacity, he chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change.

Tett, an award-winning journalist who is widely credited with being the first mainstream journalist to issue public warnings about the bubbling financial crisis that exploded into the headlines in 2008, will address more than 600 graduates of the School of Business Administration and the College of Engineering at the 5 p.m. ceremony on Friday, May 6.

A graduate of Cambridge University, where she earned her Ph.D. in social anthropology, Tett has reported on an eclectic range of financial topics from around the world. She speaks multiple languages and is the author of several books, including The New York Times best seller, Fool’s Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe.

Rounding out the 2016 commencement speakers on Saturday, May 7 will be documentary filmmaker, art collector, and philanthropist Dennis Scholl, a 1981 alumnus of the School of Law, who will deliver the address at his alma mater’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., and UM President Julio Frenk, who will give his first commencement address as UM’s sixth president. A physician and public health expert who headed Mexico’s Ministry of Health, Frenk will share his advice with the nearly 200 new doctors who are graduating in the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2016 at 5 p.m.

 

 

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Pick Up Commencement Regalia May 3-4


The May 2016 Graduate and Undergraduate Degree ceremonies will be held at the BankUnited Center at the following dates and times:

GRADUATE DEGREE CEREMONY:
Thursday, May 5, 2016 4:00 p.m.
All Schools and Colleges, all graduate degrees (except Law and M.D. degrees)

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE CEREMONIES:
Friday, May 6, 2016 8:30 a.m.
College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Continuing and International Education

Friday, May 6, 2016 1 p.m.
School of Architecture
School of Communication
School of Education and Human Development
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Frost School of Music
School of Nursing and Health Studies

Friday, May 6, 2016 5 p.m.
School of Business Administration
College of Engineering

If you are a doctoral advisor walking with a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Degree Ceremony on Thursday, please report to the Graduate Lineup Site at the Fieldhouse with your doctoral candidate. The Doctoral Advisors and General Faculty are part of the academic procession, which begins 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the ceremony. For more information, call 305-284-1821.

Regalia distribution (excluding School of Law and Miller School of Medicine) will be held the following dates and times at the Toppel Career Center located at 5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd:

  • Tuesday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information regarding cap and gown distribution, please call 305-284-5451 or email commencement@miami.edu. For more information on commencement, including event locations and times, visit www.miami.edu/commencement.

 

 

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