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Commencement Saturday, May 6

05/07/2006

Peggy Noonan, best-selling author and former presidential speech writer, encouraged Miami University graduates Saturday to love and respect their country and said they could do that by simply showing up to make it better.

Miami awarded 3,497 degrees at its 167th annual spring commencement ceremony 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Yager Stadium. More than 200 photos of commencement can be viewed online.

President Jim Garland, who retires June 30, presided at his last commencement.

Guest speaker Noonan was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Arthur D. Collins Jr., chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc., received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Recognition ceremonies for each college and school are being held Saturday and Sunday.

Noonan’s recent books include John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father, A Heart, A Cross and a Flag and When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan.

She was a special assistant to President Reagan from 1984 to 1986 and chief speech writer for George H.W. Bush when he ran for the presidency.

Collins, a 1969 Miami graduate, has been with Medtronics, the world’s largest medical technology company, since 1992. The company, which was named to Fortune magazine’s list of “Most Admired” U.S. companies this year, has earned recognition for its strong corporate governance and its commitment to philanthropy and community involvement.

Fred Wall, chair of Miami’s board of trustees, and Marcus Shore, president of the Miami University Alumni Association, gave brief remarks. Music was provided by the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, Ricardo Averbach, assistant professor of music, conducting.

Degrees awarded included 190 associate’s, 3,092 bachelor’s, 202 master’s, and 13 doctor of philosophy.

Students who will fulfill graduation requirements in the summer could have elected to walk through the May ceremony. A separate ceremony will be held in August for master’s and doctoral degree recipients.

Special events held Friday, May 5, included the Red Brick Rasta at the uptown parks, with a community cook-out 6-8 p.m. and live music on High Street 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

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