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Dartmouth graduate schools finalize speakers for investitures

Posted 05/14/98

The graduate professional schools of Dartmouth College will conduct investiture ceremonies on Saturday, June 13. (As in the past, undergraduate class day ceremonies will take place in the Bema at 10:30 a.m. on the same day or in Thompson Arena in case of rain.)

Speakers for the professional school ceremonies include 1956 Thayer and Tuck graduate John W. Ballard II, president and chief executive officer of TCI/BR Communications; Dr. Mae C. Jemison, a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth and director of the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in Developing Countries at Dartmouth; and 1985 Tuck graduate Lisa Conte, founder, president and chief executive officer of Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Graduates of all three professional schools, as well as those in graduate programs in the arts and sciences, will receive their degrees along with undergraduates at a college-wide commencement ceremony on the Dartmouth Green, rain or shine, the morning of Sunday, June 14 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the commencement address.


Thayer School's investiture will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 in Cook Auditorium. John W. Ballard II, the featured speaker, will be the recipient of the Fletcher Award, Thayer School's highest honor.

Ballard received his A.B. degree from Dartmouth in 1955 and his engineering and business degrees from Thayer School and Tuck School in 1956. After three years as a pilot in the U.S. Navy's Electronic Countermeasures Office, he joined Granger Associates, where he served as vice president for marketing and as treasurer. In 1968 he founded Technology for Communications International, now TCI/BR Communications.

TCI pioneered the use of computers to calculate optimal antenna design, manufacture and installation. Today its subsidiaries design and build turn-key broadcast systems, spectrum management systems, specialized high frequency equipment for radio surveillance applications, and numerous high gain and wide spectrum transmitting and receiving antenna systems for commercial, private and military applications.


Dartmouth Medical School will hold its class day exercises at 11:30 a.m. on The Mildred and Matthew Derzon Courtyard (front lawn) of the medical school (or in Leede Arena, Berry Sports Center, in the event of rain). The Class of 1998 has selected Dr. Mae C. Jemison as its invited speaker and J. David Walsh, DMS '98, to be the student speaker.

Jemison received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and Afro-American studies from Stanford University in 1977, and her medical degree from Cornell University in 1981. She served as a medical officer for the United States Peace Corps in Africa for two years, and joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1987. In 1992 she flew aboard the NASA space shuttle Endeavor on its joint US/Japan space shuttle mission.


Dartmouth's Tuck School will begin its investiture ceremonies at 3:00 p.m. on Tuck Circle (or in Leede Arena in case of rain).

Speaker Lisa Conte, who graduated from Dartmouth in 1981 and Tuck in 1985, has focused her business career in the health care industry. From 1985 to 1987, she conducted risk and strategy audits for start-up health companies at the management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group. From 1987 to 1989 Conte was a vice president at Technology Funding, Inc., a venture capital firm where she was responsible for the analysis and management of health-care industry investments. She is the founder and chief exectutive officer of Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which uses the therapeutic ingredients from tropical rain forest plants to develop new drugs.

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