UM Commencement Ceremonies

Nearly 3,500 students will graduate at the University of Miami during six ceremonies being held May 12 – 14 at the BankUnited Center

Coral Gables (April 25, 2011) — Nearly 3,500 students will graduate at the University of Miami during six ceremonies being held May 12 – 14 at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

Details about UM Commencement ceremonies are listed below. For more information on Commencement, visit, where the undergraduate ceremonies will be webcast live and archived.

Thursday, May 12
Graduate Degree Ceremony

4 p.m. Speaker: Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, School of Architecture
Architect, urban planner, and University of Miami School of Architecture Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk has been called “one half of a two-person revolution in American town planning.” Plater-Zyberk and her husband and partner, Andres Duany, are the pioneers and leading proponents of the popular “New Urbanism” movement, which seeks to replace suburban sprawl with pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, compact communities and has over the past three decades influenced civic development across the nation and around the world.

Friday, May 13

8:30 a.m.

  • School of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering

Speaker: Admiral James Stavridis
Admiral James Stavridis assumed duties as Commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in early summer 2009. Stavridis is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of South Florida.

12:30 p.m.

  • School of Architecture
  • School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies

Speaker: Robert Stern, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, is a writer, teacher, and practicing architect. He is the 2011 Driehaus Prize laureate.

5 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Speaker: Sherry Lansing, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Sherry Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump (1994), Braveheart (1995), and Titanic (1997). Throughout her film career, Lansing earned a reputation as a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and a creative filmmaker.

Saturday, May 14

10 a.m.

  • School of Law

Speaker: Carolyn B. Lamm
Carolyn B. Lamm’s practice concentrates in international dispute resolution through international arbitration, litigation, and international trade matters. She has substantial experience with ICSID and its additional facility, NAFTA and other commercial arbitral fora including AAA/ICDR, ICC, Vienna Centre, Stockholm Chamber, Swiss Chamber, and in federal court litigation.

5 p.m.

  • Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Speaker: Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science
Benjamin S. Carson Sr. is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century. He became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in 2008. He is now the Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

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