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Media Advisory

Not for publication

Dec. 17, 2004 -- No. 601

English professor, author to speak
at UNCís mid-year commencement

Sunday (Dec. 19), 2 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center
UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. George Lensing, Bowman and Gordon Gray professor of English in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships, will speak at UNCís mid-year commencement. Lensing has advised honors students in the English department for more than 30 years and serves on the central selection committee for both the Morehead and Robertson scholarships, the university's top merit awards. He also has been assistant dean of honors, faculty secretary and chairman of the humanities division. Lensing has written three books on American poetry, including, most recently, "Wallace Stevens and the Seasons" (2001).

Graduates: To date, 1,337 students pursuing bachelor, master, doctoral and professional degrees have applied to march on Sunday (Dec. 19). Administrators anticipate awarding about 651 bachelor, 442 master, 187 doctoral and 57 professional degrees and certificates.

Media kits: Commencement information will be available from Lisa Katz of News Services on the arena floor at the bottom of section 124. Seating is unrestricted.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available at the bottom of section 124. Call Lisa Katz of News Services (962-2093) today (Dec. 17) if you have special broadcast needs.

Parking: Reserved parking for the media will be available in the parking lot in back of the Dean E. Smith Center.

For more information, visit the commencement Web site,

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News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or (919) 638-0474 (cell)