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2006 Commencement Set for June 4    


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LOWELLߞ;The University of Massachusetts Lowell today announced that it will award honorary degrees to two Nobel Prize winners at this year’s commencement ceremony.   

Dr. Amartya Sen, a Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, will deliver the 2006 commencement address and receive an honorary degree. Sen will speak to the nearly 2,000 graduates expected to receive bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

Sen won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998.  His books on economics and philosophy have been translated into more than thirty languages.  He is also the former Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor.  
Also receiving an honorary degree is Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, the 1987 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine.  Tonegawa is the Director of the Picower Institute for Learning at MIT.

David Pernick, the final honorary degree recipient, is President of Monarch Knitting Machinery Corp., which has offices in the U.S., Japan, England and Canada.  He won the UML Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991.

The commencement ceremony provides the opportunity to recognize students for outstanding academic and service achievements. This year's valedictorian will be named, along with recipients of the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

A representative from the senior class will also speak at the ceremony.  For the first time, this speaker will be selected after a number of students present their speeches to a committee of students and faculty. 
Following the University-wide commencement ceremonies, receptions for each college will be held in locations on the Arena grounds. Additional information, including a complete schedule of commencement day activities, is available at
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management; and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.  Visit the website at

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