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~Wellesley Will Celebrate 124th Commencement with Whoopi Goldberg~

For immediate release:
May 28, 2002

Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321 or 2373

WELLESLEY, Mass.-- Actress, comedian and humanitarian Whoopi Goldberg will be the keynote speaker for the Class of 2002 at Wellesley College's 124th Commencement on Friday, May 31, at 10:30 am.

Goldberg has received a multitude of awards and considerable acclaim for her work in film, television, recordings and theater. She has been honored with Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, People's Choice Awards and Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards as well as numerous honors for her humanitarian efforts.

Wellesley College senior Christine Dobridge has won the honor of addressing the approximately 600 members of her graduating class as the student Commencement speaker, following in the footsteps of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Wellesley class of 1969, who delivered the first such speech. The daughter of Jane and Michael Dobridge of Rockville, Md., she is an economics major who after graduation will be a research assistant at the Council of Economic Advisors in Washington, D.C.

Wellesley's Commencement will take place rain or shine in the center of the Wellesley, Mass., campus, under a tent on Severance Green. For travel directions, go to A campus map can be found at

All media are required to check in at the press tent (at the lower left of the main tent as you face the stage). Photographers will be escorted to the stage area. Media are welcome to cover the day's events as outlined below:

9:15 am: Senior Class photograph on Severance Hill.

9:45 am: Procession formation: Seniors - Academic Quad. Faculty - Outside Founders Hall on Jewett Road.

10:30 am: Commencement Exercises, Severance Green Tent. Procession begins down Jewett Road, onto Severance Green; enters at back of tent. Seniors go first, stop outside tent and form two lines, through which the faculty process. Trustees follow faculty. President Diana Chapman Walsh and Commencement speaker Whoopi Goldberg follow trustees. Then students enter tent and take their seats.

10:45 am -12:30 pm: Invocation; welcome by President Walsh; student speaker Christine Dobridge; announcement of retirements and faculty award winners; Whoopi Goldberg delivers Commencement address (beginning at about 11:15 am); President Walsh's Charge to the Class of 2002; conferring of degrees; singing of "America the Beautiful," written by Katharine Lee Bates, Wellesley Class of 1880.

12:30-2:30 pm: Reception on the nearby Chapel Lawn after the ceremonies.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students. For more information, contact the Office for Public Information at 781-283-2373.


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