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Not for publication
Dec. 16, 1997 -- No. 928

December commencement features Southern expert Dr. John Shelton Reed

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center

A noted expert on the South, Dr. John Shelton Reed, Kenan professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research in Social Science, will deliver the keynote address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's mid-winter commencement Dec. 21.

The 2 p.m. program at the Dean E. Smith Center recognizes students who completed degrees in August or December. Students will wear cap and gowns, and doctoral and professional students will march across a stage to receive diplomas.

A UNC-CH faculty member for 28 years and William Rand Kenan Jr. professor, Reed is founding co-editor of the quarterly “Southern Cultures” journal and recently received the Prize for Non-Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He has written or edited more than a dozen books, including one with his wife, Dale Volberg Reed, called “1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South.”

A former president of the Southern Sociological Society, Reed spent the last year at Cambridge University in England as the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the National Humanities Center and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Graduates: To date, 1,591 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees have applied to graduate in December. Administrators anticipate awarding 741 bachelor's, 504 master's, 282 doctoral and 64 professional degrees.

Media kits/seating: Commencement information and statistics and an advance copy of Reed's speech will be available from News Services staff on the arena floor at the bottom of sections 123 or 124. There are no reserved seats; reporters may sit in the guest section.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available. Contact Karen Moon at 962-2091 for special needs.

Parking: Parking is available next to the Smith Center. Broadcasters with heavy equipment should call Moon for permission to unload near an arena door before parking in a regular lot.

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Contacts: Mike McFarland, Karen Moon