Alumnus returns as spring commencement speaker

Alumnus returns as spring commencement speaker

Alumnus David Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, will speak at BU’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and 3 p.m. for the College of Business and the College of Science and Technology.

Both will be held outdoors on the campus’ Academic Quadrangle.

Williams graduated from BU in 1981 and joined Make-A-Wish in January 2005 after 10 years with Habitat for Humanity International, where he rose to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

At Make-A-Wish, he leads the national staff and works closely with the organization’s 69 chapters to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Commencement Ceremonies

Graduate Graduation Graduate students who anticipate receiving their master’s or doctorate degree in May 2012 are invited to participate in the spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2012 in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts.

Candidates and advisors for all degrees must be present at 5 p.m. in the Band Room of Haas Center for the Arts, which is located through the entrance opposite Columbia Hall. Graduates need to be assembled by 5:30 p.m. or you will not be allowed to participate. At that time, instructions will be given concerning the procession, seating and the hooding ceremony.

Parking will be available throughout campus; earlier guests will be directed to park on lower campus. Limited reserved parking will be available for persons with disabilities. Please request assistance from the police officers covering the event to be directed to this area. Campus busses will run throughout the day to take guests to the Academic Quad and return. Two full-size busses will be running from the Bloomsburg Hospital lot and also a shuttle from Honeysuckle, which will run the same route it does during the week. A handicapped shuttle bus will also be running.

Guests with disabilities can park in limited reserved parking areas behind Bakeless and McCormick. Please ask the university police to direct you to this parking. Wheelchair seating and seating for guests with disabilities will be available with one additional attendee at the front right and left of the audience. Please arrive early to secure seating in these areas and, if needed, ask the officers or staff covering the event for assistance. Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing will be signing both ceremonies

Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts

8:30 a.m. Academic Quad will open for general seating
8:30 a.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony in Gross Auditorium
9 a.m. Graduates begin to line-up in Centennial Hall
9:45 a.m. ALL seats available for guests (any seats being saved at this time must be relinquished)
10 a.m. Platform party, faculty, graduates process
10:15* a.m. Late seating for graduates and guests
Noon Approximate end of ceremony

Colleges of Business and Science and Technology

1:30 p.m. Academic Quad will open for general seating
2:00 p.m. Graduates begin to line-up in Centennial Hall
2:45 p.m. ALL seats available for guests (any seats being saved at this time must be relinquished)
3:00 p.m. Platform party, faculty, graduates process
3:15* p.m. Late seating for graduates and guests
5:00 p.m. Approximate end of ceremony

*Late arrivals, both graduates and guests, will be allowed to enter the Academic Quad at this time. Guests please allow sufficient time to park on upper-and lower-campus and find seating. Graduates must allow time for parking and to assemble to process.