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May 23, 2011

Commencement speaker, Evalyn Gates, Ph.D. with Ursuline President, Sr. Diana Stano, OSU, Ph.D.

Tom and Kori Smith, pictured with Sr. Diana Stano, OSU, Ph.D. (center), received honorary degrees.

Executive Director and CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to Deliver Ursuline College’s Commencement Speech

Executive Director and CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Evalyn Gates, Ph.D. will deliver Ursuline College’s May 20th commencement address. The event takes place 7-9 PM at the Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland. Graduates and their families may also attend the Baccalaureate Mass, that same day, at 11am in the Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity in Merici Hall.

“Commencement is a significant and memorable event for our students and their families and having Evalyn as the keynote speaker adds to the excitement,” said Ursuline President Sister Diana Stano, OSU, Ph.D. Stano said Gates is an excellent role model who can offer words of empowerment and encourage the graduates to achieve their goals.

Gates’ talk, entitled The Invisible Universe: An Invitation to Explore the Unknown, will cover the concept that our minds, our imaginations and our human ingenuity have allowed us to greatly expand our understanding of the universe. “I hope I can inspire these graduates to tackle their futures with enthusiasm, imagination and the determination to succeed.” said Gates.

Gates has a strong interest in addressing the under-representation of women and minorities in the physical sciences. She has written several articles on the topic of women in physics and is committed to inviting individuals of all ages and backgrounds to explore the ideas and discoveries of current scientific research. Her first book, Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe, was published in February 2009.

Ursuline will grant 445 bachelor and master’s degrees. The 2011 graduating class is the second largest in the College’s 135 year history.

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