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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NEWS SERVICES
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May 15, 2002 – No. 275

Speech by U.S. senator and UNC law alumnus, honorary degrees to highlight commencement

Sunday (May 19), 9:30 a.m., Kenan Stadium

Severe weather site, Dean E. Smith Center

U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, an alumnus, will give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree Sunday (May 19) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ceremony will begin in Kenan Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Chancellor James Moeser will preside.

Edwards’ bio: Edwards, who will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony, was elected senator in November 1998 and took office in January 1999. Since that time, he has been recognized nationwide for his leadership – the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call put Edwards on "a list of members who, in a very short period of time, have distinguished themselves on Capitol Hill." Edwards grew up in Robbins. He graduated from N.C. State University with a bachelor of science degree with honors in textiles. He earned his law degree with honors from UNC in 1977.

Media parking: Limited spaces are available in the Student Health Service parking lot off Gravely Drive (from Manning Drive) and behind Gate 6 of Kenan Stadium. TV crews or others with heavy equipment will receive priority. Monitors will ask for media identification. Parking is also available at News Services, 210 Pittsboro St., or in most south campus lots. Shuttle service also will be available.

Media entry/seating/kits: Media representatives should enter the stadium at the field-level gate through Gate 6 and proceed to Section 120. Media kits will be available from News Services staff stationed at Section 120.

Broadcasters, videographers and photographers: Access at the field and surrounding track level will be limited to a designated area on the field: a fenced area, with seating, near Section 120. A multbox to supply audio feeds will be located at this area. Broadcasters are asked to bring their own drop cords. University representatives will be on hand to guide media to this area, provide escorts for cut-away shots facing the platform in the center aisle where some graduates and faculty sit, and answer questions. Media representatives will not be permitted in student or guest seating areas. Call Karen Moon at (919) 962-8595 with specific questions about television and Dan Sears at (919) 962-8592 with specific photography-related questions.

Graduates: May commencement is held for students completing degree work this spring. As of May 9, the University Registrar at Carolina had identified 5,045 May degree candidates: 2,837 bachelor’s, 1,284 master’s, 348 doctoral, 565 professional and 11 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.

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

· Edwards, who will receive a doctor of laws degree.

· Dr. Verne E. Chaney Jr., founder and president of the Thomas A. Dooley Foundation-INTERMED USA and INTERMED, Geneva, Switzerland, who will receive a doctor of science degree.

· Julian H. Robertson Jr., founder of Tiger Management Corp., New York investment manager and philanthropist, who will receive a doctor of laws degree.

Other ceremonies: Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, will give the keynote address for the School of Medicine ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday (May 19) at the Dean E. Smith Center. Robert J. Greczyn Jr., president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, will give the keynote address for the School of Public Health ceremony, scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at the Dean E. Smith Center. Greczyn received his master of public health degree from UNC. Dr. Greg Chadwick, president of the American Dental Association, will give the keynote address for the School of Dentistry ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at Carmichael Auditorium. Chadwick is a three-time UNC graduate. For more information on other UNC school and department ceremonies, visit

Severe weather: Heavy rain with high winds or lightning could move the commencement ceremony to the Dean E. Smith Center. That decision would be made by 6:30 a.m. the day of the event. News Services will notify radio and TV stations as soon after that as possible on Sunday morning. Please page News Services, 216-2584, for information on Smith Center media kit distribution, seating and parking concerns that day, in the event of severe weather.

More general details, including information on public parking, are available at

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News Services contacts: Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 (w), (919) 933-9277 (h), 216-9256 (pager), 218-2467 (cell); or Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 (w), (919) 967-4340 (h), 216-4653 (pager), 218-2380 (cell)