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Speakers for professional schools' Class Day, Investiture ceremonies and Baccalaureate Service Sat., June 11

A variety of ceremonies take place the day before Commencement, including Class Day and Investiture ceremonies for Dartmouth's three professional schools, and Baccalaureate, a multi-faith religious service open to all graduates and their guests. Those events and their speakers are:

Dartmouth Medical School:  9 a.m., Derzon Courtyard (front lawn) at DMS. (In case of rain, Leede Arena, 11:30 a.m.) William H. Foege, Senior Medical Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Program. He is a former Director of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (1977-83), a former Executive Director of the Carter Center, and a member of the CARE USA board. In Sept. 2001, he was honored with the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service in Support of Medical Research and Health Sciences, one of the most coveted prizes in the field of biomedical research. His accomplishments include work in Nigeria that ultimately led to the eradication of smallpox in the 1970s and helping to unravel the mysteries of Toxic Shock Syndrome and Reyes Syndrome.

Thayer School of Engineering: 10 a.m., Cook Auditorium, Murdough Center. Speaker: Thomas J. O'Neill, a 1973 graduate of Dartmouth and 1974 graduate of Thayer School, who is President and CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), one of the oldest continuously operating engineering firms in the world. Today, the firm stands as a leading planning, engineering, program and construction management, and operations & maintenance firm.  PB provides comprehensive infrastructure services on six continents and has helped shape public works projects on a global scale, from Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel to Britain's rail system Network Rail; from the Sabiya power plant in Kuwait to Cairo's Metro and the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System in Singapore. O'Neill will also receive the Thayer School's 2005 Robert Fletcher Award for distinguished achievement and service.

Tuck School of Business: 3 p.m., Tuck Circle. (In case of rain, Leede Arena, same time.) Curtis R. Welling, a 1971 graduate of Dartmouth and 1977 graduate of the Tuck School, who is President and CEO of AmeriCares, a non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization. AmeriCares provides immediate response to emergency medical needs around the word and also supports long-term health programs in 40 countries. In its 22-year history AmeriCares has delivered more than $4 billion in aid to 135 countries.

Baccalaureate: 3 p.m., Rollins Chapel. (Remote viewing in 105 Dartmouth Hall.) The Honorable Andrew Young. (See biographical background on honorary degree recipients.)

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