President James Ramsey will preside at the event and marketing major Ashley Dunlap will be the student speaker. About 1,300 students will graduate at the conclusion of the fall 2011 semester.

There will be several commencement-related events at the KFC Yum! Center (unless otherwise noted), including:

  • Cap and gown distribution – Red Barn, Belknap Campus, noon – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16
  • Commencement rehearsal –6 p.m. Dec. 15
  • School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies doctoral hooding ceremony –2 p.m. Dec. 16
  • President’s reception–5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Graduates and their guests should enter the KFC Yum! Center through the Main Street entrance. The arena is located on Main between Second and Third streets. Parking is $10 in the Riverfront Garage behind the arena. There are additional garages and metered parking near the center.

Cindy Hess
Communications Director Cindy Hess has oversight for day-to-day operations in media relations and covers prestigious scholars, the College of Education and Human Development and Brandeis School of Law. She reports to the Media Relations Director, has a heckuva good resume, and faithfully eats kale for lunch every day. Cindy has more than 25 years of experience in media relations, investor relations, marketing and corporate communications and is the unit’s only employee entrusted to buy tickets for lottery pools.