Athens native Dr. Atul Gawande will serve as the Commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremonies Saturday. Gawande is currently a medical staff member of Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He also serves as an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.
A highly respected expert on health-care reform, Gawande has published research studies in areas ranging from surgical technique to U.S. military care for the wounded, and error and performance in medicine. He is the director of the World Health Organization's Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.
Master's and doctoral degrees will be granted this Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Convocation Center. The 2010 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award recipient, Greg Kessler, Ph.D., will serve as the 2011 graduate commencement speaker.
As an assistant professor of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and director of the language resource center at OU, Kessler is active in developing instructional materials for use with new technologies and preparing teachers and students to use those materials in ways appropriate to their teaching contexts. He has taught CALL teacher preparation courses and programs across the U.S. as well as in China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Turkey.
The first ceremony of Saturday's two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will honor students from the following colleges: College of Business, College of Fine Arts, Regional Campuses, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication and University College.
The university's College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, College of Health & Human Services and Honors Tutorial College undergraduates will be recognized during the ceremony at 2 p.m.
Normal campus parking restrictions are not enforced during commencement. Parking is available in all campus lots, except for reserved lots for handicap parking and any metered spots. A map of all parking lots on the Athens campus is available at www.ohiou.edu/athens/parking/. Members of the OU Police Department will also be on site to assist with parking.