To: UA Campus
Lynn Nadel, Chair of the Faculty
Subject: Commencement Participation
Date: April 25, 2016
Most students' memories about succeeding at the UA involve one or more professors who made a profound difference in their lives. To those of us who profess, that is kind of the point of it. For many, a professor may have been a source of inspiration in the classroom, in the lab, or just talking over some exciting idea, or practical matter of life at the UA. Thousands of these students will be receiving their degrees at our upcoming Commencement Exercise on May 13, and for many of them, having their favorite professor in attendance would mean a lot. In my own case, this year one of my last graduate students will be receiving her doctorate, a special moment for both her and me. Three weeks ago I was back at my alma mater to give a lecture named after my Ph.D advisor. And so the cycle continues.
I am reaching out to my faculty colleagues to suggest they hold off on their plans one more day to 'finish the job' as it were. Come to Commencement, be there for our students, feel the positive energy that we, the faculty, have collectively let loose. Meet the proud parents of the students for whom you made a difference. It really matters.
Hope to see many of my fellow faculty at Commencement exercises this year.
Chair of the Faculty
Regents Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Preceding the 152nd Commencement on May 13, there will be a faculty reception at 6 p.m in Bear Down Kitchen inside of Arizona Stadium's new Lowell-Stevens football facility. Heavy appetizers will be served. At 7 p.m., faculty will line up in full regalia for the start of procession. The ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m. Please click here to RSVP to participate in Commencement by May 6.
Regalia rentals will be accepted until May 2 via the UA BookStores and the $30 expedited shipping charge will be waived.