2011 Whitman convocations take place this weekend; will stream live

Graduates of the Whitman School of Management will be recognized during annual convocation exercises this weekend. Convocation is a special event that provides a more personal atmosphere in which Whitman students are individually recognized. All students who are eligible to graduate, or who have petitioned to walk, may participate. Tickets are not required.

The 2011 Graduate Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 14, at noon in Goldstein Auditorium of the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center. The convocation recognizes MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. graduates. Charles Thomas ’09, representing the fulltime MBA program, and Carolyn Siegel ’04, representing the iMBA program, will speak. Thomas will begin his career at Citigroup this summer in New York City, while Siegel currently works at Gilt Group in New York City. A reception will be held in Flaum Grand Hall in the Whitman School building following the ceremony. The Graduate Convocation will stream live at http://whitman.syr.edu/live.

The 2011 Undergraduate Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The convocation recognizes bachelor’s degree graduates. Amanda Nicholson, assistant professor of retail management and faculty advisor for SU’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), will speak. Nicholson was chosen by seniors in the Whitman chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national business honor society whose mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business. A reception will be held under the tents on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle following the ceremony. The Undergraduate Convocation will stream live at http://convocation.syr.edu.

In addition, Whitman graduates will participate in Syracuse University’s 157th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, in the Carrier Dome. J. Craig Venter, a world-renowned scientist regarded as one of the most influential people in the world for his efforts to decode the human genome, will deliver the Commencement address to the 2011 graduates of SU, SU College of Law and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).