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University of California-Santa Barbara Vice Chancellor to address 162nd graduating class on Sunday, May 13

Friday, May 11, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

Beloit, Wis.—Approximately 320 graduates are expected to collect their diplomas when Beloit College hosts its 162nd commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, at 11 a.m.  The commencement address will be delivered by University of California-Santa Barbara Vice Chancellor Michael D. Young, a Beloit alumnus.

With a forecast promising clear skies and little chance of rain, the ceremony will be held on the lawn between the college’s iconic administration building, Middle College, and a half-dozen ancient Indian mounds. The rain site will be Flood Arena (see map for directions).

Young is no stranger to Beloit. A graduate from the class of 1969, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation in 2009 at his 40th reunion. While at Beloit, he captained the football team, made the Dean’s List, served as president of Beta Theta Pi, headed the Afro-American Union during its presentation of “Black Demands” at a Middle College sit-in, and delivered the commencement address at his graduation.

As vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of California-Santa Barbara, he is responsible for more than 20 non-academic departments on campus including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Health, Counseling, Career Services, the MultiCultural Center, and the Children’s Centers.

Other details:

·         Among this year’s graduates are eight McNair Scholars, all of whom are pursuing Ph.D.s this fall. They are the first known class of graduating McNair Scholars who have been accepted into graduate school immediately following Beloit.   

·         The college will present honorary degrees to Young, as well as alumnus James Zwerg. Retiring Professor of Anthropology Nancy McDowell will receive emeriti status.

·         Derek Carrier, an honors student and Buccaneer football standout who signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders earlier this month, will not be in attendance as he is leaving Thursday for training camp.

·         Beloit students traditionally adorn their mortar boards with a wide variety of words, images and other objects. These will be on full display Sunday morning.

·         Another Beloit tradition – Baccalaureate, a sort of senior talent show – will take place Saturday at 4:45 p.m. in Eaton Chapel. The public is invited to attend.

Additional information about the college’s commencement events/schedule is available at A map showing the commencement site, along with nearby parking, is also available online.