Media advisory: Rice commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday


HOUSTON — MAY 14, 2014

B.J. Almond

 Rice commencement ceremonies are Friday and Saturday,
Dr. Helene Gayle will give commencement address Saturday

EVENT: Rice University’s 101st commencement. On Friday night, undergraduate students will cross the stage to receive diploma tubes and be congratulated; the commencement address will be presented Saturday morning and degrees will be conferred to the group as a whole. Students will NOT walk across the stage to receive diplomas Saturday; Friday night is the only photo op for students crossing the stage. Fireworks will light up the sky after Friday night’s ceremony.

DATE: Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

SPEAKER: Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of the global poverty-fighting organization CARE USA, will present the commencement address Saturday morning. CARE’s mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Gayle has led the organization since 2006. CARE works in 87 countries around the world to support more than 900 development and emergency projects.

LOCATION: Outdoors on Rice’s Academic Quadrangle west of Lovett Hall (rain location: Tudor Fieldhouse), 6100 Main St. Photographers must check in at the Welcome Center in Lovett Hall, Room 103B, to get a black robe required for access to the quadrangle and instructions for where they are allowed to shoot. They must be accompanied by a member of the News and Media Relations team to the area on the quad designated for photographers. The Welcome Center will open at 6 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

PARKING: News media may enter at Entrance 1 at 6100 Main St. and park along the right side of the road by the Student Health Center. Press credentials are required for admission through Entrance 1.

CAMPUS MAP: (Look for the red circle with No. 22 for the road where media can park.)

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About B.J. Almond

B.J. Almond is senior director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.