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Cynthia Cosby, a champion for African-American students and alumni of Washington University in St. Louis, was the 18th recipient of the Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton presented the award to Cosby before 700 of her peers at the annual Staff Day celebration May 18.


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Sead Ademovic jokes that no one like the ticket monitor, but he plays an important role on campus. Ademovic is among more than 230 veteran employees who will be recognized May 18 at Staff Day. Staff members are invited to celebrate their colleagues at 10 a.m. at Edison Theatre, enjoy lunch at Bowles Plaza and participate in fun activities ranging from bingo to yoga. MORE

Ken Burns delivered a sobering call to action to the Washington University in St. Louis Class of 2015 at its 154th Commencement ceremony May 15. "We broke it, but you've got to fix it," he told some 15,000 graduates, parents, friends and family members gathered in Brookings Quadrangle.


Surrounded by more than 12,000 family, friends, faculty, staff, administrators and university trustees, the Class of 2015 will enter Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus at 8:30 a.m. as degree candidates and leave as graduates after Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton confers their degrees.


John VanderHeyden, a mechanic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, said he is lucky to be alive after collapsing recently in a parking lot on the Medical Campus. He was revived by School of Medicine security officers, who immediately began chest compressions and used an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable device that provides an electric shock to restore a heart’s normal rhythm.


More than a dozen distinguished individuals will speak at Commencement-related events this week for Washington University in St. Louis graduates and their friends and families. The university’s 154th Commencement ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 15, in Brookings Quadrangle.

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