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Media Advisory

Not for publication

May 10, 2005 -- No. 228

Gomes speech, honorary degrees
among commencement highlights

Sunday, May 15, 9:30 a.m., Kenan Memorial Stadium
Severe weather site, Dean E. Smith Center

The Rev. Peter Gomes will give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree Sunday (May 15) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commencement will begin in Kenan Memorial Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Chancellor James Moeser will preside.

Speaker: Gomes has served as Plummer professor of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University since 1974. For details and a photo, go to:

Media parking: A limited number of spaces will be reserved in a lot off Manning Drive in front of the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital. From Manning, media vehicles should turn onto Emergency Drive, the road to the emergency room, then immediately turn left into the Neurosciences lot. Media identification will be required. Traffic into Chapel Hill is expected to be slow and heavy from about 8-9:45 a.m. Until 7:30 a.m., media representatives may unload heavy equipment at the north end of Emergency Drive, closer to Kenan, then move their vehicles back to the Neurosciences lot. After 7:30 a.m., media representatives should walk north to Gate 6 of Kenan. Media identification will be required.

Limited parking also should be available at News Services, 210 Pittsboro St. Media representatives may also use lots and shuttles provided for commencement guests. Details are available on the commencement Web site,

Media seating/kits: From Gate 6, walk left on the stadium concourse, enter at section 120, walk down to the field and turn right to reach media seating, on the field at a gated area on the south side. Pick up media kits from the UNC News Servicesí staff at the media seating area.

Broadcasters, videographers and photographers: Access at the field and surrounding track level will be limited to the designated media seating area. A multbox to supply audio feeds will be 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 shots facing the platform in the center aisle where some graduates and faculty sit and answer questions. The setup will include a good spot from which to get crowd reaction. 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 still photography-related questions.

Graduates: May commencement is held for students completing degree work this spring. UNC also holds a mid-year ceremony in December to recognize students who finished in August and December. The University Registrar has estimated 4,625 expected graduates: 2,720 bachelorís, 1,100 masterís, 192 doctoral, and 613 professional and certificates. News Services will provide updates as they are available, but an exact number of May graduates will not be available Sunday.

Honorary degrees: This yearís honorary degree recipients are:

Gomes, Plummer professor of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, esteemed religious scholar, author and speaker;

Frank Borden Hanes, celebrated writer, philanthropist for the fine arts, UNC alumnus and longtime supporter;

Dr. Nannerl Overholser Keohane, former president of Duke University, professor of political science and renowned author and scholar of political philosophy, feminism and education; and

Anand Panyarachun, twice prime minister of Thailand, former ambassador to the United States and founding chairman of UNCís Kenan Institute Asia.

Gomes will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree; Hanes will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree; and Keohane and Panyarachun will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees. For more details, click on

Other ceremonies: UNC will hold a doctoral hooding ceremony on Saturday (May 14) at 10 a.m. in Polk Place, the scenic quadrangle between Wilson Library and South Building. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be at Carmichael Auditorium. About 175 graduate students are expected to take part in the ceremony, up from about 150 last year.

The speaker for the doctoral hooding ceremony will be Dr. J. Walker Smith, president of Yankelovich Partners Inc., a marketing services consultancy offering marketing productivity solutions and specializing in lifestyle trends and customer targeting solutions. Smith is co-author of "Life Is Not Work, Work Is Not Life: Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24/7 World" (2001), a collection of short essays and personal reflections on work/life balance selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 10 best work-life books of 2001. He holds three degrees from UNC.

For more information on the ceremony, click on

Several individual schools and departments also will hold their own ceremonies this weekend. Kenneth D. Lewis, chief executive officer and president of Bank of America, will be guest speaker at the ceremony for MBA graduates of Kenan-Flagler Business School at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Dean E. Smith Center. N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will give the commencement address for the School of Social Work ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. Locations and times for other ceremonies are at

Severe weather: Heavy rain with high winds or lightning could move UNCís commencement ceremony to the Dean E. Smith Center. That decision would be made early morning on the day of the event. News Services would notify radio and TV stations as soon as possible on Sunday morning. The change also would be posted to the UNC Web site,

Smith Center parking, media kit, seating: If severe weather moved the ceremony to the Smith Center, media parking would be accessed from the U.S. 15-501 Bypass, Fordham Boulevard. Media vehicles would turn north onto Manning Drive, left into the first entrance to Bowles Drive, and left into the driveway leading to the rear of the center. Media parking would be in the area closest to Bowles, beside Koury Natatorium.

Pick up media kits from the News Servicesí staff on the arena floor at the bottom of sections 123 or 124. There would be no reserved seats; reporters would sit in the guest section. Audio and video feeds would be available.

Access for photographers and videographers would be limited. University representatives would be on hand to provide escorts for facing the platform in the center aisle where some graduates and faculty sit, and answer questions. For other B-roll opportunities, see Karen Moon at the bottom of section 123.

More commencement details, including information on public parking, are on the Web at

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Contacts: Print: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 (work) or (919) 638-0474 (cell); or Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 (work) or (919) 218-2380 (cell). Broadcast: Karen Moon: (919) 962-8595 (work) or (919) 218-2467 (cell)