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Ramesh C. Reddy
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As hundreds of people were attending the 11:00 a.m. church services across the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students were getting ready for graduation at the Gertrude Petersen Events center on April 30, 2006.
The University of Pittsburgh 2006 commencement convocation began at 1:00 p.m. with the opening of ceremony given by Irene Hanson Frieze, PhD, the Chief University Marshal President. The processional of the graduates followed as the University of Pittsburgh Symphonic Band played under the direction of director Jack R. Anderson, MEd.
After all the graduates took their seats, the National Anthem was sung, led by Stephen Andrew Esper, a Pitt medical student.
Mark A. Nordenberg, JD, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh gave the greetings and remarks before conferring the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Judith Rodin, PhD, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation and the keynote speaker for commencement.
Not only did Rodin’s receive honors from Chancellor Nordenberg but also got a wonderful citation from Ralph J. Cappy, JD, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Board of Trustees before Rodin gave her powerful keynote address.
The keynote address was followed by the presentation of schools in course by the council of deans followed by the awarding of doctoral diplomas by James V. Maher, PhD, the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Pitt. PhD’s were awarded to 435 candidates but only those present were hooded.
Later, Chancellor Nordenberg presided over the conferring of degrees to the different schools at Pitt.
After the conferring of degrees, the student response was given by Lauren A. Cavallaro, BA, the president of Panhellenic Association and Greek Week chair. Chancellor Nordenberg praised Cavallaro for all her work, especially the amount of money raised for cancer by the different fundraising Greek events that were put forth and for being Delta Zeta’s National Greek Women of the Year.
During her speech, Cavallaro encouraged the students to put their degrees to good use and could not get away from the word “broke”. She wanted the students to aspire to whatever they want to become and not let any roadblocks stop them. She was glad to exchange her empty bank account for all Pitt offered her during her four years at Pitt. She told the students the impact Pitt made on her life and wanted the students to go and make an impact in their respective communities. She wanted the students to remember, “You did not choose Pitt but Pitt chose you”.
Commencement 2006 was beginning to come to a close with Keith E. Schaefer, MBA, the 2006 president of the Pitt Alumni Association giving the alumni welcome for all the graduates. It was concluded by the singing of the Alma Mater led by Esper and the fanfare and Recessional by Ployhar performed by the University of Pittsburgh Symphonic Band.