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Not for publication May 11, 1998 -- No. 328

Sunday, May 16, 9:30 a.m., Kenan Stadium
Severe weather site, Dean E. Smith Center

Bill Bradley speech, honorary degrees among highlights of UNC-CH commencement

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley will give the keynote address Sunday, May 16, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commencement will begin in Kenan Stadium at 9:30 a.m.

Bradley speech: Whether advance copies of Bradley’s speech will be available is not yet known. If they are not, News Services will plan to issue a transcript by mid-afternoon Sunday. Reporters covering the ceremony who need copies later should inform News Services representatives how to contact them.

A U.S. Senator for 18 years, Bradley advocated economic growth, family stability, protecting the environment, promoting community involvement in government and strengthening America’s role abroad. He helped pass Megan’s Law, which requires sex offenders to report where they live.

After leaving the Senate in 1997, Bradley chaired the National Civic League, an advocacy group which promotes collective decision-making in local community building, and taught as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland and Stanford and Notre Dame universities.

Bradley played professional basketball for the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1977 and helped lead the team to championships in 1970 and 1973.

Bradley graduated from Princeton University in 1965 with honors in American history. A scholar-athlete, Bradley was a three-time basketball All-American at Princeton and won the Sullivan Award as the country’s top amateur athlete. Bradley captained the gold-medal winning U.S. Men’s basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

After Princeton, Bradley earned a prestigious Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University, where he received a graduate degree after studying politics, philosophy and economics. He has written four books, including: "Life on the Run," about his Knicks years; "The Fair Tax," the basis of the Tax Reform Act of 1986; "Time Present, Time Past," a memoir about life as a senator; and "Values of the Game," with essays on basketball and life.

Media kits/seating: Pick up media kits from News Services’ staff at the field-level gate nearest Kenan Field House, at the southeast corner of the stadium. (See enclosed map.) All media representatives should enter the stadium field at that gate for media seating near the fence facing the stage.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available at the media seating area. Crews with tripods will have a direct shot at the stage and a good spot from which to get crowd reaction. Call Karen Moon at 919-962-8595 with specific questions.

Photographers and videographers: To help organizers keep the approximately two-hour ceremony rolling on its very tight schedule, News Services asks that you:

not shoot between the back of the stage and the north (visitor) stands.

not impede the flow of graduate lines processing as they file past the stage, off the field and into the south (home) stands.

Parking: Limited spaces are reserved in the Ramshead lot off Ridge Road and behind Kenan Field House. Call 919-962-8595 now to receive a required permit. TV crews or others with heavy equipment will receive priority. Monitors may ask for media identification. Parking also is available at News Services, 210 Pittsboro St., or in most south campus lots. Shuttle service will be available.

Graduates: May commencement is held for students completing degree work this spring. UNC-CH also holds a mid-year ceremony in December to recognize students who finished in August and December. As of April 30, the University Registrar had identified 4,820 May degree candidates: 2,701 bachelor’s, 1,232 master’s, 333 doctoral, 552 professional and two dental hygiene certificates. Those numbers are expected to drop as officials verify who has met academic requirements after exams. News Services will provide updates as they are available but an exact number of May graduates will not be available Sunday. In May 1998, UNC-CH conferred 4,086 degrees: 2,638 bachelor’s, 783 master’s, 148 doctoral and 514 professional and three certificates.

Honorary degrees: This year’s honorary degree recipients are:

Bradley, of Montclair, N.J., doctor of laws degree;

N.C. Sen. President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight of Manteo, receiving a doctor of laws degree.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith of Detroit, doctor of laws degree; and

medical librarian Nina Woo Matheson of Chevy Chase, Md., doctor of science degree.

Other ceremonies: Several individual schools and departments will hold their own ceremonies.

Severe weather: Heavy rain with high winds or lightening could move the commencement ceremony to the Dean E. Smith Center. That decision would be made by 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. News Services will notify radio and TV stations as early as possible Sunday morning.

Smith Center media kit/seating: Pick up media kits from the 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. Audio feeds will be available.

Smith Center parking: Original special permits will remain valid at the Smith Center for the Bowles lot near the tennis courts off Bowles Drive. Monitors may ask for identification. Radio and TV crews can unload heavy equipment at the tunnel entrance behind Smith Center and then park behind the natatorium.

For more information or human-interest feature ideas, call L.J. Toler at 919-962-8559.

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Contacts: Print, L.J. Toler: work, 919-962-8589; home, 919-403-8141; cell, 919-219-6374.

Broadcast: Karen Moon: work, 919-962-8595; home, 919-933-9277; cell, 919-218-2467.