TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Friday, May 10, is a big day for the University of Arizona as it holds its 155th commencement, with 4,500 graduates and 40,000 guests expected.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium at 1 N. National Championship Drive.
U of A President Robert C. Robbins will confer about 6,700 degrees on students in the Class of 2019, including bachelor's degrees, master's/specialist degrees, doctorates, juris doctor degrees, medical degrees and doctorates in pharmacy.
Dr. Mae C. Jemison will deliver the keynote address. She is an engineer, physician, entrepreneur, educator and the first woman of color to travel into space. Jemison enrolled at Stanford University at age 16, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and fulfilling requirements for a bachelor’s degree in African and Afro-American studies. She went on to earn her medical degree from Cornell University.
Those attending the commencement should note that Game-day rules will apply during the ceremony, meaning guests must abide by the UA's clear-bag policy in order to enter the stadium. There will be no outside containers, large bags, backpacks or parcels permitted and all in-hand items must be placed in an appropriate and approved clear bag. All personal items, including those carried by volunteers, staff and other visitors, are subject to search.
Honorary degree recipients are Jemison and Victor Smith. The Alumni Achievement Award winner is Andy Harris. (Read more: https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-present-honorary-degrees-alumni-achievement-award)
Provost Award: Anita Jones, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science in human services and a minor in family studies.
Robert Logan Nugent Award: Tala Shahin, who will graduate summa cum laude from the Honors College with dual degrees in physiology and Arabic, and Alexa Nguyen, who will graduate summa cum laude from the Honors College with a degree in molecular and cellular biology, with minors in economics and religious studies.
Robie Gold Medal Awards: Francy D. Luna Diaz, who will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Arts in law, and Bryn Deana Sharp, who will graduate summa cum laude from the Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American studies and a minor in Portuguese.
Merrill P. Freeman Medals: Katrina M. Konopka, who will graduate from the Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, and Yezan Hassan, a quadruple major honors student graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and cognitive science, and molecular and cellular biology; a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in physiology; and a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic, with a minor in biochemistry.
More Commencement information can be found on the UA Commencement page: http://commencement.arizona.edu.
Not able to make it to the stadium on Friday? Watch the live stream HERE.
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On Friday, May 10, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Sixth Street from Warren Avenue to Martin Avenue will be closed to travel for the University of Arizona Commencement. Sixth Street will reopen to travel following the commencement ceremony. Motorists traveling in the area may experience traffic delays during this closure, so please plan accordingly. The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in these areas. Please watch for event participants, obey all traffic control, and watch for detour signs.