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Pomona College Holds 114th Commencement on May 13

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, will hold its 114th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 13th, beginning at 2:30 p.m. During the ceremonies, which will be held in Marston Quad (located between 4th and 6th St., Claremont), approximately 370 members of the Class of 2007 will receive their undergraduate degrees.

Former Sen. Daniel Robert (Bob) Graham (D-Florida) will deliver the keynote address. Graham was elected to the United States Senate in 1986 and served until his retirement in early 2005. During that time he was chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 103rd Congress, and was part of the Select Committee on Intelligence for the 107th Congress. He also made a bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2004. His book Intelligence Matters: The CIA, The FBI, Saudi Arabia and the Failure of America’s War on Terror was released in 2004. Graham was first elected to public office in 1966 to the Florida State House of Representatives, and was a member of the Florida State Senate from 1970-1978. He was state governor of Florida from 1979-1986. Graham attended the public schools of Dade County, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1959. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1962 and was admitted to the Florida bar in 1962.

Dr. Robert E. Tranquada, M.D., Pomona Class of 1951, and Mary Patterson McPherson will receive honorary degrees and speak briefly.

Tranquada is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also serves on the board of directors of the Huntington Medical Research Institutes and Mount San Antonio Gardens. He served as chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Claremont University Consortium (The Claremont Colleges) from 2000-06. He is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Pomona College and emeritus trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. Tranquada graduated from Pomona College summa cum laude and received his M.D. degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1955. He went on to establish and direct the Watts Health Center from 1965-69 (now the Watts Health Foundation). He was a member of the Christopher Commission (The Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department) in 1991, and chaired the Los Angeles County Task Force on Health Care Access from 1992-1993. Tranquada is the author of more than 60 published scientific and educational papers and book chapters. He received an honorary Sc.D. from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1988.

McPherson is president emeritus of Bryn Mawr College – she was made acting president of Bryn Mawr College in 1976 and president from 1978-97. Effective July 1, 2007, she will be executive officer of the American Philosophical Society. She currently serves on the board of directors of Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, JSTOR, The Philadelphia Contributionship and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. She is on the board of trustees of Smith College, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions, and The Teagle Foundation. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was vice president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 1997 until April 2007. Prior to joining Bryn Mawr College as an assistant and fellow in the department of philosophy in 1961, McPherson was an instructor in philosophy at the University of Delaware (1959-61).

Rosemary Choate, Pomona College Class of 1963, will receive the Trustee Medal of Merit. As president of the Pomona College Alumni Association in 1989-90, Choate helped initiate two programs that have evolved into staples of Alumni Weekend programming: the Alumni Symposium and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.