News about Brown's 246th Commencement

Nalini Nadkarni to give Baccalaureate address

May 12, 2014  |  Media Contact: Courtney Coelho |  401-863-7287

Nalini Moreshwar NadkarniNalini Moreshwar Nadkarni


Nalini Moreshwar Nadkarni, a forest ecologist and outspoken advocate for the communication of science, will deliver the 2014 Baccalaureate address at 2:30 p.m. on

 Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. Nadkarni will receive an honorary Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree Sunday, May 25, during Commencement ceremonies on the College Green. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Forest ecologist Nalini Moreshwar Nadkarni will deliver the 2014 Baccalaureate address at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. Nadkarni has titled her address "Branching Beyond Brown: Into the Space Between Earth and Sky."

The University will confer an honorary Doctor of Science (Sc.D. degree) on Nadkarni during the Sunday, May 25, Commencement ceremonies on the College Green. 

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Block and Bologna name student orators

May 8, 2014  |  Media Contact: David Orenstein |  401-863-1862

A tradition as old as BrownA tradition as old as Brown

Both accomplished speakers, 2014 senior orators Caroline Bologna and Joshua Block will strike themes of individuality and community in their orations, to be delivered Sunday, May 25, to thousands of graduates, parents, alumni, and friends on the College Green. Fittingly, their individual journeys through Brown happened to include some shared experiences.

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Caroline Bologna and Joshua Block will stand together as Brown’s senior orators on Commencement May 25, 2014, but they have been crossing paths for years. The first time, fall semester 2012, was in the kind of unlikely place that becomes possible when two students are living their university lives to the fullest.

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Brown's 246th Commencement set for May 25


May 6, 2014  |  Contact: Mark Nickel |  401-863-1638

Line of marchLine of march

Brown University’s three-day Commencement/Reunion Weekend begins Friday, May 23, 2014, and concludes with the 246th Commencement exercises Sunday, May 25. This year, the University is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding. It will confer honorary degrees on nine Brown graduates, among other anniversary observances.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — President Christina H. Paxson will preside over Brown University’s 246th Commencement on Sunday, May 25, 2014, a ceremony that also marks the 250th anniversary of the University's founding in 1764. The 2014 Commencement will include signs, banners, special Commencement forums and exhibitions, and honorary degrees for nine University alumni. The traditional march down College Hill by thousands of graduates, faculty, alumni and University guests, will bring the three-day Commencement/Reunion Weekend to a close.

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Nine Brown alumni to receive honorary degrees

April 27, 2014  |  Contact: Mark Nickel |  401-863-1638

 Brown University continues the 250th anniversary celebration of its founding by awarding honorary degrees to nine University alumni. The degrees, to be conferred at the 246th Commencement on Sunday, May 25, 2014, will honor the achievements of music educator Lee Berk '64; teacher Beatrice E. Coleman '25 (awarded posthumously); author Jeffrey Eugenides '82; physician Arthur Horwich '72, M.D.'75; electrical engineer Mary Lou Jepsen '87, Ph.D. '97; entertainment executive Debra Lee '76; author Lois Lowry '58; ecologist Nalini Nadkarni '76; and Thomas Perez '83, U.S. secretary of labor. 

  PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — At its 246th Commencement Sunday, May 25, 2014, Brown University will confer honorary doctorates on nine distinguished alumni: Lee Berk ’64, former president of Berklee College of Music and an advocate for broader community programs of musical education;

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