O’Connor Delivers Commencement Address May 20

Posted: May 4, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sandra Day O’Connor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, delivers the commencement address at George Mason’s 33rd annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in the Patriot Center. O’Connor, who has served as associate justice since 1981 when she was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan, becomes the fourth justice to speak at George Mason commencement or convocation ceremonies, joining Clarence Thomas (1999), Chief Justice William Rehnquist (1993), and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993), shortly before her nomination to the high court.

This year’s graduating class of 5,152 pushes the total number of graduates holding George Mason degrees up to 80,170. Of those graduating this year, 3,000 receive bachelor’s degrees, 1,814 receive master’s degrees, 211 receive law degrees, and 127 receive doctoral degrees. George Anderson is this year’s oldest graduate at 71, and Shaimaa Mohamed is the youngest at 19. The discipline with the largest number of graduates this year is decision sciences and management information systems, with 370. Psychology (296), communication (220), computer science (169), and nursing (164) round out the five fields of study with the most graduates.

During the commencement ceremony, O’Connor; Henry Manne, dean emeritus of the School of Law; Vinton Cerf, senior vice president of Internet architecture and technology for MCI WorldCom; and Robert Kahn, chairman, CEO, and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) are awarded honorary degrees. O’Connor and Manne receive honorary doctor of laws degrees, and Cerf and Kahn receive honorary doctor of science degrees. For more information on the honorary degree recipients, see the news release.

Staff members, as well as faculty members, are invited to march in the commencement ceremony this year. For more information on commencement activities, visit the commencement website.

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