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May 12, 2000

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Editors/Producers: There will be a press section for print and broadcast reporters and photographers stage right [audience left] toward the front of the seating area during the main commencement ceremony and the Arts and Sciences/Engineering diploma ceremony. Press credentials are required.

George Tenet, U.S. director of central intelligence, will address graduating seniors in Johns Hopkins University's schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering at their diploma ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, in the Gilman quadrangle on the Homewood campus. Earlier that day, university president William R. Brody will speak at the university-wide commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. Other noteworthy speakers at Johns Hopkins commencement-related events that day include United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who will speak at SAIS in Washington, D.C. and composer Philip Glass, who will address Peabody Conservatory. The ceremonies mark the end of the university's 124th academic year.

About the graduating class:

The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded is expected to be 5,133, as follows:

Bachelor's degrees conferred: 1,230
Master's degrees conferred: 3,432
Doctoral degrees conferred: 444 (60 of which are medical degrees)
Certificates and diplomas conferred: 27

About the ceremonies

The university as a whole and its eight academic divisions hold commencement events at which graduates receive their diplomas.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony
9:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 25
Gilman Quadrangle, Homewood campus
Speaker: William R. Brody, president, Johns Hopkins University

During this ceremony, all university degrees are conferred by the university president. The only students who receive their diplomas on stage at this time, however, are doctoral students from all divisions. The ceremony also recognizes the new members of the Society of Scholars and is the occasion at which the university confers honorary degrees of doctor of humane letters. (See attached list of this year's honorary degree recipients.)

Press contact: Dennis O'Shea or Leslie Rice 410-516-7160

Arts and Sciences/Engineering Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony
Thursday, May 25
2 p.m., Gilman Quadrangle
Speaker: George Tenet, director of central intelligence

During this ceremony, seniors from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, who officially graduated when degrees were conferred in the morning ceremony, cross the stage to receive their diplomas. It is also the occasion when the senior class gives out its many awards, recognizing peers, faculty and staff for their contributions and achievements.

Commencement speaker George John Tenet was sworn in as director of central intelligence in 1997 following a unanimous vote by both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the full Senate. Prior to becoming director, Tenet was the CIA's deputy director. He also served as special assistant to the president and senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council.

Press contact: Dennis O'Shea or Leslie Rice 410-516-7160

G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering Master's Diploma Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 24
7 p.m., Gliman Quadrangle, Homewood campus
Speaker: George W. Reynolds, director, industry and university initiatives, Northrup Grumman Corp.

Press contact: Dennis O'Shea or Leslie Rice 410-516-7160

The Zanvyl Kreiger School of Arts & Sciences Master's Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25
6:30 p.m., Shirver Hall, Homewood campus.
Speaker: William A Reinsch, undersecretary, Bureau of Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Press contact: Dennis O'Shea or Leslie Rice 410-516-7160

The School of Professional Studies in Business and Education Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25
7:30 p.m., Gilman Quadrangle, Homewood campus
Speaker: June Strecksus, executive director, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.

Press contact: Neil Grauer 410-516-7848

The School of Hygiene and Public Health Diploma Award ceremony
Wednesday, May 24
2:30 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.
Speaker: Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Press contact: Office of Public Affairs: 410-955-6878

The School of Medicine Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25
2:30 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.
Speaker: Antonia Novella, commissioner, New York State Department of Health.

Press contact: Beth Simpkins, 410-955-4564

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25
3 p.m., Constitution Hall, 18th and D Sts, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations

Press contact: Felisa Neuringer, 202-663-5626

The Peabody Institute Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25
8 p.m., Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Conservatory
Speaker: Philip Glass, composer

Press contact: Anne Garside, 410-659-8163

The School of Nursing Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25
4 p.m., Turner Auditorium, School of Medcine
Speaker: Jacquelyn Campbell, associate dean for doctoral research and programs, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Press contact: Kate Pipkin, 410-955-7552

Honorary Degree recipients:

Richard J. Bing: director of experimental cardiology and scientific development, Huntington Medical Research Institute. Bing worked at Johns Hopkins during the mid-1940s with Drs. Alfred Blalock and Helen Taussig, famous for the "blue baby" operations. Bing helped diagnose various forms of congenital heart disease by catheterization of the heart chambers and is considered one of the great cardiologist of our time. In addition to his more than 400 scientific papers, the Bavarian-born scientist is also known for his approximately 300 musical compositions.

Bernadine Healy: president and chief executive officer, American Red Cross. Healy is a former professor of medicine and assistant dean for postdoctoral programs and faculty development at The Johns Hopkins University and former coronary care unit director of Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a former director of the National Institutes of Health.

Robert J.Glaser: trustee and director of medical science, Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust. Previously, Glaser was president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He has served as a top administrator at the Washington University, Colorado and Stanford medical schools.

Benjamin H. Griswold III: former managing director of Alex Brown & Sons. Griswold is a long-time trustee and friend to The Johns Hopkins University.

Victor A. McKusick: University Professor of Medical Genetics, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. One of the founding fathers of medical genetic research, he has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University faculty since July 1, 1947.

Harvey Meyerhoff: philanthropist, real estate mogul, driving force behind the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Meyerhoff is a long-time friend and trustee of both The Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Steven Muller: president of the Johns Hopkins University from February 1972 to 1990. He was also president of Johns Hopkins Hospital, assuming a dual role previously held only by founding president Daniel Coit Gilman. Muller guided the university as it assumed responsibility for the Peabody Conservatory, presided over the construction of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy and the Space Telescope Science Institute and established or enlarged academic centers in downtown Baltimore, Montgomery County, at the Applied Physics Laboratory and in Nanjing, China.

Kofi Annan: secretary general, United Nations (Degree to be conferred at the SAIS diploma ceremony). The first staff member of the United Nations to be appointed secretary general, Annan's career began in 1962 with the U.N.'s World Health Organization. His work has encompassed areas of budget, personnel, security and refugee relief and peacekeeping.

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