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June 1, 2004: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, (978) 934-3224. For more stories on UMass Lowell, visit and click on NEWS.

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UMass Lowell Graduates 1,800 on Sunday

Summer Schedule for News from UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell Graduates 1,800 on Sunday

When: Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m. to noon

Where:  Tsongas Arena, downtown Lowell


Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich will deliver the address when the University of Massachusetts Lowell hosts it annual commencement ceremony this Sunday, June 6.  The University will award 1,800 degrees - including a record number of 91 doctorates - at the event at the Tsongas Arena in downtown Lowell. 

In addition to conferring the degrees, the University will recognize students for academic excellence and University service.  For the first time at UMass Lowell, there will be two valedictorians - both of whom have a perfect 4.0 GPA - Megan Williams of Marlboro and Nihal Patel of Franklin.  There also will be the largest number of undergraduates who took their courses on-line - 30 - with several stepping foot on campus for the first time on Sunday, traveling from as far as California to pick up their degrees in person.

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 Physicians for Social Responsibility; and commencement speaker Ehrenreich.

With sales approaching the one-million mark, Ehrenreich's last book, Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting By in America, 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 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 and a celebrated national lecturer.

For more information on the commencement ceremony, call 978-934-2233 or visit

Editor's Note:  Photos and bios of the honorary degree recipients are available upon request.

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238

Summer Schedule for News from UMass Lowell

The Communications and Marketing Office at UMass Lowell attempts keep you informed of news from UMass Lowell on a weekly basis throughout the year. After graduation however, campus news becomes more sporadic. With this in mind, we will keep you informed of what's going on as news happens during the summer, and resume our regular communications when the new school year begins. Thanks for your continued attention.

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or

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