-- The University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2000,
whose motto is "Once in a Millennium," will graduate this
spring in a series of ceremonies beginning with an all-class
Commencement Convocation on Wednesday, May 10, in the Hearst
of State Madeleine Albright will address the graduating class
at convocation at 4 p.m. The ceremony is not open to the public,
but members of the media are invited to attend.
students are eligible to graduate from UC Berkeley this spring
- 6,500 of them seniors earning a bachelor's degree, the rest
obtaining graduate degrees.
convocation, some 50 schools, colleges and departments will
hold private commencement
ceremonies during May, drawing various well-known speakers.
Among them are California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante,
National Public Radio's Ira Glass, former White House Chief
of Staff Leon Panetta, author Barbara Ehrenreich and journalist
Convocation is the most traditional graduation ceremony on
the UC Berkeley campus, complete with a colorful procession
of students and academics in robes reflecting their degrees
and alma maters. The campus's top graduating senior - Fadia
Rafeedie - will receive the University Medal during the ceremony.
Awards also will be given for public service, leadership and
season's noteworthy commencement speakers are:
lieutenant governor of California. He will speak at commencement
ceremonies for the Graduate School of Education on Saturday,
May 13, at 2 p.m. in Zellerbach Auditorium.
producer and host of "This American Life" on National Public
Radio. He will address the Graduate School of Journalism on
Saturday, May 13, at 3 p.m in the North Gate Hall courtyard.
Bergman, former producer for 60 Minutes and currently a visiting
professor at the Graduate School of Journalism. He will address
Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies graduates on Friday,
May 19, at 2 p.m. in the Greek Theatre.
Ehrenreich, author and social activist. She will address graduates
of the Sociology Department on Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m.
in Zellerbach Auditorium.
Rato, deputy prime minister of Spain and minister of the economy
and a Haas School of Business MBA from the class of 1974.
He will give the commencement address at the Haas School's
ceremonies on Sunday, May 21, at 9 a.m. in the Greek Theatre.
former U.S. Representative from California, director of the
White House Office of Management & Budget, and White House
Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997. He will speak to graduating
political science students on Monday, May 22, at 2 p.m. in
the Greek Theatre.
awards being presented at convocation on May 10 are:
Medal, given each year to UC Berkeley's top graduating senior.
This year it's being awarded to Fadia
Rafeedie, a 22-year-old history major who has earned all
As, half of them A+s; had some of her work published in a
scholarly journal; and was accepted to law school at Yale
University. The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Rafeedie
helped establish a UC Berkeley chapter of the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee; wrote for the online newsletter,
"Free Arab Voice;" and was active in the Arab Student Union.
Good Citizen Award, established in l983 to recognize a high
standard of conduct and service to the university. The 1999-2000
award will go to Norahazel Casillas, a sociology major from
Downey. She has volunteered widely in the community and on
campus, and after graduation she plans to work in Chiapas,
Mexico, for the largest non-profit social service agency in
Mexico, evaluating the needs of youth and families.
Priestley Award, established in l948 to recognize outstanding
student leadership and contributions to student welfare. This
year's winner is Preston J. Taylor, a sociology major who
attended high school at the College Preparatory School in
Oakland. Throughout his four years at UC Berkeley he has served
in campus student government, first as a senator, then as
executive vice president, and finally as president.
Espenshade Prize and the Jake Gimbel Prize, given to athletes
who embody the "Golden Bear" spirit, will not be announced
until the day before convocation.