The 235th Commencement
Graduate School will begin centennial celebration at Commencement
The Brown University Graduate School will begin the celebration of its centennial during the University’s 235th Commencement, Friday, May 23, to Monday, May 26, 2003. Brown’s original “Graduate Department” was established in 1903.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University Graduate School will
mark its 100th birthday with a series of events which begin during the
University’s 235th Commencement exercises, Friday, May 23, to Monday, May
26, 2003, and continue in the fall. These events recognize the centennial of the
“Graduate Department,” formally established in 1903 to confer
Throughout 2003, the Graduate School will honor the scholarly contributions
of its students, faculty and alumni who have helped to shape the learning
environment of Brown, the nation and the world, with a series of celebratory
events. During Commencement Weekend, these will include:
- “Exploring the Surface of Mars with Twin Rovers,” a Commencement
forum presented by Catherine Weitz, a 1998 Ph.D. recipient, on Saturday, May 24,
at 2:15 p.m. in Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall. Weitz, a NASA Mars Exploration
Rover (MER) program scientist, will provide an overview and a visual tour of the
MER program, which in June plans to launch two robotic vehicles to explore the
surface of Mars early next year.
- The Centennial Celebration and Reception on Sunday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m. in
the garden of Maddock Alumni Center, will be hosted by President Ruth J. Simmons
and Karen Newman, dean of the Graduate School.
- For the first time ever, the University’s Commencement procession will
include a Graduate School alumni division. Graduate alumni will march through
the Van Wickle Gates and down College Hill with the alumni classes of Brown
- The Graduate School Convocation, Monday, May 26, at 9 a.m. on Lincoln Field,
will feature an address by James B. Garvin, a 1984 Ph.D. recipient, now lead
scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. With NASA for nearly two
decades, Garvin was recently awarded the agency’s Outstanding Leadership
Medal for his work in developing a scientific strategy for NASA’s newly
revamped Mars exploration activities.
- Immediately following the Graduate School Convocation, at approximately
12.30 p.m., alumni and guests will attend their respective departmental
ceremonies and welcome Brown’s newest graduate alumni.
The Graduate School Centennial Celebration will continue in the fall,
concluding in October with a special academic symposium. That symposium will
include the inaugural presentation of the Graduate School’s Horace Mann
Medal, which recognizes distinguished graduate alumna or alumnus.