Here is some information about Commencement that may be helpful in your coverage:
* A total of 548 degrees will be awarded at today's ceremony. There are 527 candidates for bachelor's degrees and 21 candidates for master's degrees.
* The five most popular majors this year are, in descending order:
In 2010, the top five in descending order were psychology, English, economics, history and government.
* The senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average over four full years of study at St. Lawrence is Hau Cong Nguyen, of Ho Chi Minh City, VietNam; his GPA is 4.0 (out of a possible 4.0).
* The traditional Commencement ceremony taking place today is a uniquely American custom. Therefore, students from other countries who have spent the year or the semester studying at St. Lawrence are invited to participate, to witness this annual custom and acknowledge their academic experience here. Participating this year are Ms. Yuka Uno, of Japan, and Ms. Marwa Souhail, of the Netherlands.
* It is a tradition at St. Lawrence for graduates to have the option of receiving their degree from family members associated with the University. Several of today's candidates will receive degrees from relatives:
- Grace Archibald, by her father, Vice President for Advancement Michael Archibald
- Joseph Chiarenzelli, by his father, Professor of Geology Jeffrey Chiarenzelli '81
- Haley Feickert, by her father, Director of Budget and Finance Peter Feickert
- Lauren Kale, by her father, Trustee William Crombie '69
- Zel MacWilliams, by her father, Professor of Religious Studies Mark MacWilliams
- Sarah Todd (master's degree), by her husband, Catering Chef Nathan Todd
- Nathan Torres, by his parents, Director of Music Ensembles Barry Torres and Administrative Secretary Janet Torres
- Douglas Weaver, by his grandfather, Emeritus Chair of the Board of Trustees Larry Winston '60
* Immediately following Commencement, three members of the Class of 2011 will be commissioned as officers in the United States military, having successfully completed the ROTC program at Clarkson University. They are:
- Andres Ciro, Wellesley, MA
Second Lieutenant, Medical Services in the Massachusetts National Guard
- Kaitlyn Fahsel, Watertown, NY
Second Lieutenant, Military Intelligence at Fort Drum, NY
- Christopher Shineman, Palatine Bridge, NY
Second Lieutenant, Military Police