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UMass Lowell Prepares for June 6 Commencement


          UMass Lowell will host its annual Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Tsongas Arena in downtown Lowell, with New York Times best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich serving as commencement speaker.     

          In addition to the 1,800 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees awarded, the Commencement Ceremony will recognize students for academic excellence and University service. This year's valedictorian will be named, along with recipients of the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

          Honorary degrees will be presented to Charles H. Hoff, a venture capitalist and chairman of the Hoff Foundation; Victor W. Sidel, former president of the American Public Health Association and founder of Physician's for Social Responsibility; and commencement speaker Ehrenreich.

          With sales approaching the one million mark, Barbara Ehrenreich's latest book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By inAmerica, has appeared on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year. She is the author of numerous critically lauded books, including Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class, and the Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War. Her work appears regularly in magazines, such as Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times Magazine. She is a frequent guest on radio and television as well as a celebrated national lecturer.

          For more information on the 2004 Commencement Ceremony, call (978) 934-2233 or visit

          NOTE: Photos and bios of the honorary degree recipients are available upon request.

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