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Pomona College to hold 111th Commencement

Approximately 400 members of the class of 2004 will receive their undergraduate degrees in Pomona College’s 111th Annual Commencement Exercises at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, in Bridges Auditorium (Big Bridges), 450 N. College Way, Claremont.

Delivering the keynote address is respected veteran newsman Walter Cronkite. Cronkite is the former CBS Evening News anchorman whose commentary defined issues and events in America for almost two decades. Once named the "most trusted figure" in American public life, Cronkite often saw every nuance in his nightly newscasts scrutinized by politicians, intellectuals and fellow journalists for clues to the thinking of mainstream America. His legacy of separating reporting from advocacy has become the norm in television news, and his name has become synonymous with the position of news anchor in some parts of the world – Swedish anchors are known as Kronkiters, and in Holland they are Cronkiters.

Additional commencement speakers include:

  • R. Stanton Hales, president of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and a 1964 graduate of Pomona College. Hales became The College of Wooster's 10th president in 1996. He is also a professor in the department of mathematics and computer science. Before joining the faculty of The College of Wooster, Hales, who earned master's and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Harvard University, joined the faculty of Pomona College in 1967. Hales is also a national badminton champion.
  • Andrea Van de Kamp, senior vice president and chairman of West Coast operations for Sotheby's auction house. A graduate of Michigan State University and Columbia University, Van de Kamp held administrative positions at Columbia University, Dartmouth College and Occidental College before becoming executive director of the Southern California Coro Foundation. She has also served as director of development for the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, director of public affairs at Carter Hawley Hale, Inc. and president of the Independent Colleges of Southern California. Van de Kamp is also chairman emeritus for The Music Center of Los Angeles County.

Cronkite, Hales and Van de Kamp will all receive honorary degrees from Pomona College.

For more details, visit the Commencement Home Page.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.