Commencement 2011 happening now
At this moment, more than 2,400 graduates in caps and gowns are marching across the stage
at Commencement ceremonies taking place at Edwards Stadium. More than 12,00 are expected to
attend, and you can follow the event live on Twitter.
Highlights of Commencement include:
- A speech by University Medalist Aaron Benavidez. A double major in sociology and rhetoric
from Stockton, Calif. and the youngest son of working-class Latinos, Benavidez
earned the honor of top graduating senior. He recently said that “only at Berkeley
could someone who was hungry for more, someone who wanted to experience a challenge, someone, like
- Graduating senior Austin Whitney, in a wheelchair since a 2007 car accident paralyzed
him from the waist down, plans to stand and walk at this year’s commencement ceremony.
He will be wearing
a robotic exoskeleton developed by UC Berkeley engineers to improve mobility for paraplegics.
The Campaign for Berkeley reaches $2 billion: philanthropy fuels Cal’s future
Campaign for Berkeley is hitting its mark. This spring, donors helped Cal surpass the
$2-billion milestone in the $3-billion effort, illuminating a new financial reality: Philanthropy
will play a central role in guaranteeing Cal’s future. The newest edition of The
Promise of Berkeley features this story along with others spotlighting Berkeley's
impact around the globe, including student, faculty, and alumni projects in places ranging
from Turkey to Tahiti, and profiles of parent and alumni donors in Asia who are making a
big difference on campus despite being an ocean away.
UC Berkeley launches groundbreaking disability research initiative
UC Berkeley, viewed by many as the birthplace of the disability rights movement, this week
announced plans for a sweeping new research initiative that will make the university a worldwide
leader in disability studies. It includes two new faculty positions and multidisciplinary
research projects related to disability that involve 10 faculty members from eight campus
units. The effort will be housed in the Haas Diversity Research Center.
Pac-12 announces landmark media deal — how it affects Cal
The Pac-12 Conference last week announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media
Group on a landmark agreement for
a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships
with both media companies. The media rights package will benefit all members of the conference
by generating new revenues, expanding the reach of the conference and providing more national
exposure, Cal’s Intercollegiate Athletics office reports.
Meet tomorrow’s interactive games, gizmos, and medical devices
Health-related devices figured prominently in this year’s exhibit
of prototypes by students in the School of Information course “Tangible User Interfaces.” The
annual showcase, held May 2 and 4, also featured assistive devices for everyday life in the
modern world, as well as experiences more aesthetic than utilitarian.
Wall Street Journal on Cal’s baseball resurrection
A recent issue of The Wall Street Journal delved into how Cal baseball was saved
from elimination this spring and points to a potentially new
model for the survival of college sportsnationwide. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle in an
editorial hailed the saving of all sportspreviously slated for elimination.
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