2014 SPRING UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT PRESS ROOM


May 6, 2014

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Media advisory regarding press conference with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Media are invited to a pre-commencement press conference with America’s top educator Secretary of Education Arne Duncan between 6:30-6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Room 329 in Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center at ASU Tempe campus. RSVP required by 5 p.m., Monday, May 12. Download Full Image

Media advisory regarding spring 2014 undergraduate commencement media coverage

Please find information regarding media coverage the day before and of commencement, including time and location, press entry, parking, speaker and honorary degree recipients, and RSVP deadlines.

Overview of the 2014 spring undergraduate commencement

Please find the ceremony overview of the 2014 spring undergraduate commencement. It is subject to change.

Watch the 2014 spring undergraduate commencement live

The 2014 spring undergraduate commencement ceremony will be streamed live on ASU Live.

City of Tempe: Street closures and restrictions

Please check this website for street closures and restrictions pertinent to ASU graduation ceremonies.

Official Arizona State University graduation website

The website includes information regarding various graduation ceremonies, accessibility and disability information, campus maps, etc.

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In the news 

Class of 2014: ASU students get ready to graduate

This spring, more than 12,000 students are set to graduate. They come from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of disciplines. They are looking to start businesses, change the world, travel to new places and learn new cultures. Many of them are outstanding graduate award winners. Take a look at our class of 2014.

More than 12,000 set to graduate May 12-16 at spring commencement

Arizona State University has announced U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address more than 10,000 undergraduate students receiving diplomas at the spring 2014 undergraduate ceremony, May 14 on the Tempe campus. The graduate commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., May 12, in Wells Fargo Arena.

Secretary of Education to serve as official commencement speaker

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will serve as the official speaker at the May 14 undergraduate commencement at Sun Devil Stadium. Duncan was named to his cabinet position by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2009. He is the ninth U.S. secretary of education.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Arizona State University at the May 14 undergraduate commencement ceremony at Sun Devil Stadium.
 

Pamela Matson, professor of environmental science at Stanford University, will receive the Doctor of Science honorary degree from Arizona State University at the May 14 undergraduate commencement ceremony at Sun Devil Stadium.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University, will receive the Doctor of Science honorary degree from Arizona State University at the May 14 undergraduate commencement at Sun Devil Stadium.

 

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Grad finds commonalities among art forms, cultures, people


May 6, 2014

Editor’s Note: Jake Adler graduates this spring with an honors degree in creative writing, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Dean's Medal for the Department of English and a prestigious Fulbright Award. Fellow English major Sophie Opich met up with him on a beautiful afternoon to talk art, politics and his post-graduation plans.

In April, the Fulbright Program awarded Jake Adler for his research proposal on the influence of the revolutionary Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. He will be funded to travel and work in Calcutta, India, for nine months. Jake Adler posing in a garden Download Full Image

“Poetry can be used to reclaim national identity in times of political and social crises,” he explained. Adler, who currently works as an English teaching assistant, will teach English and Western culture to Indian students from fourth to seventh grade.

As he explains his plans, Adler smiles excitedly. He is enthusiastic and articulate – our conversation ranges through Indian history, Walt Whitman, jazz and skateboarding. He jokes, “I'm hoping that when we start to talk about Tagore’s folk songs in class I can ask, ‘Have you guys heard of Bob Dylan?’”

We laugh, but Adler maintains that his interests all root in similar values. He recently defended his thesis on the ASU Social Action Research Team at Barrett, the Honors College, which studies the development of individuals who identify as straight LGBT allies. Adler examined what motivated these subjects to pursue LGBT activism: “I'm looking for commonalities, on a macro scale. What makes someone in a privileged class want to help someone in a lower class?”

Adler will walk at ASU's graduation ceremony with an honors degree in creative writing, focus in poetry. “I'm happy my family will get to see it,” he said. Of his recent accomplishments, Adler is most happy to make his family proud, especially his dad, brother and late mother.

"I'm into finding the experiences that make us all the same – the experiences that all human beings have – whether it's in India, or it's here," Adler says. "There are things that never change, things that, throughout centuries, we can always relate to.”

Written by Sophie Opich

Kristen LaRue-Sandler

senior marking & communications specialist, Department of English

480-965-7611