College will hold its 112th Commencement on Sunday, May 15.
Pomona College will hold its 112th Annual Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Approximately 375 members of the Class of 2005 will receive their undergraduate degrees during the ceremonies, which will be held at Bridges Auditorium.
John Payton, considered to be one of the nation's leading civil rights attorneys, will give the keynote address and receive an honorary degree during the event. A member of the Pomona Class of 1973, Payton, pictured at right, is a partner in the firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr and was the lead counsel for the University of Michigan in the two landmark college admissions affirmative action cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004.
He has served in leadership roles in the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Free South Africa movement. A native of Los Angeles, Payton earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.
In addition to Payton, Steve Koblik and Thomas Dean Pollard, M.D., will also receive honorary degrees for their important achievements and will address the audience as well. Koblik is president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens. Pollard, Pomona Class of 1964, is is chair of Yale University's Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.