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Media Advisory

Commencement 2005 advisory
 

09 May 2005

ATTENTION: News Desks

Contact: Noel Gallagher
(510) 643-7944 noelgallagher@berkeley.edu


WHAT
The University of California, Berkeley's 2005 Commencement Convocation, an event to honor all graduating students. Political theorist and bestselling author Benjamin Barber will deliver the keynote address.

WHEN
4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Convocation includes a colorful procession of students and faculty members, the presentation of awards, and several speeches. It is scheduled to conclude shortly before 6 p.m.

WHERE
The Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley. The amphitheater, which seats about 6,000 people, is on Gayley Road, near Memorial Stadium.

WHO
Benjamin Barber is the Gershon and Carrol Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a founder of The Democracy Collaborative, a non-profit think tank affiliated with that university. Barber has written 17 books, including the classic "Strong Democracy" (1984) and the 1994 international bestseller "Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy," both of which have been widely used as textbooks. Other speakers at convocation will include Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and top graduating senior Alejandra Dubcovsky, recipient of this year's University Medal.

DETAILS
This event is not open to the public - tickets have been given to graduating seniors and their families. Reporters are invited to cover convocation, and special seats have been set aside for them. The theater will open at 3 p.m., and credentialed media may enter through the south gate. Press packets will be available upon entry.

A limited number of parking spaces for credentialed media have been set aside in the Bowles Hall parking lot adjacent to the theater. Enter the lot off of Gayley Road, between the Greek Theatre and Maxwell Family Field. Please call the above number to reserve a space.