IU winter commencement: Retiring Indiana chief justice Randall T. Shepherd to give Saturday address
By Mike Leonard
December 16, 2011
Nearly 2,000 students will be eligible to participate in Indiana University's winter commencement Saturday at 10 a.m. in Assembly Hall.
Randall T. Shepherd, the long-serving chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, will be the featured speaker for the event, which will combine undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies. Shepherd, 64, recently announced that he will step down from his position on the state court after serving as chief justice since 1987.
IU President Michael A. McRobbie will preside over the commencement ceremony. He will deliver the charge to the class and then confer degrees with the assistance of Bloomington Provost Karen Hanson and the deans of the individual schools represented. The event also will mark one of Hanson's last public events before she leaves IU on Jan. 31 to become senior vice president and provost at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota.
The formal induction of new graduates into the IU Alumni Association will be done by Megan Caldwell, president of the IU Student Alumni Association. IU Trustees Vice Chair Patrick A. Shoulders will represent the university, and Nancy Hamblin, chairwoman-elect of the IU Alumni Association, will represent IU alumni.
The Rev. Linda C. Johnson, Episcopal chaplain to IU, will offer the invocation following the processional, which will be performed by the IU Commencement Ensemble under the direction of IU Jacobs School of Music doctoral student Kyle R. Glaser.
The ensemble will also provide music for the recessional. Jacobs School Dean Gwyn Richards will lead the audience, the graduating students and the platform party in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and, later, "Hail to Old IU."