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Friday, May 17, 2013

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Class of 2013, grounded in service and study, prepares to step into the world

The Class of 2013 has left its mark on WUSTL, and now the graduates are preparing to step out and make an impression in the larger world. They are scholars and athletes, inventors and entrepreneurs. They have trained not only to succeed professionally, but to make a difference in their communities.

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The time has come! More than 2,700 to graduate

This morning, more than 2,700 degree candidates will gather in Brookings Quadrangle for the 152nd Commencement ceremony, surrounded by family and friends, to celebrate and remember. Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory A. Booker will deliver the commencement address.

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Welcome to ‘the happiest day of the year’

Edward S. Macias, PhD, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, offers graduates some thoughts on the meaning of commencement. He steps down as provost at the end of this academic year — following a 25-year tenure as chief academic officer.

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Q&A with commencement director Jim Burmeister

Jim Burmeister has been the director of commencement for more than 40 years. On the eve of his retirement, he talks about logistics, tradition and WUSTL culture.

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Alzheimer’s markers predict start of mental decline

School of Medicine researchers have shown that several markers for presymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease identified in recent years are accurate predictors of Alzheimer’s years before symptoms develop. Catherine Roe, PhD, says researchers found no differences in the accuracy of the biomarkers.

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  Catherine Roe

Doctoral candidates named Bouchet Fellows

Three WUSTL doctoral candidates were inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at the annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education April 19-20 at Yale University. The Bouchet Society, named for the first African American to earn a doctorate in the U.S., recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

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Another — slightly smaller — graduation ceremony

Children from the WUSTL Family Learning Center on North Campus donned caps and gowns to celebrate their graduation from preschool at a ceremony held at the center May 13. Now, on to kindergarten!

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Calendar Highlights

8:30 a.m. Friday, May 17

152nd Commencement

Brookings Quadrangle.
Event details

11 a.m. Saturday, May 18

Kemper Fourth Annual Museum Day

Daylong celebration of creativity, learning and activities. Free and open to the public. Event details. Kemper Art Museum.
(314) 935-4523.

10 a.m. Monday, May 20

36th Annual Staff Day

Service awards in Edison Theatre, followed by 11:30 a.m. lunch in Bowles Plaza, then a variety of fun activities throughout the day. Event details.


Join in the commencement celebration online

Participate in all the activities at, a web page created just for commencement. Watch a live streaming video of the ceremony, and see campus webcam feeds and the latest images via Flickr. Tweet using the hashtag #WUSTL2013 and post on Facebook. You can even send a personal electronic postcard to your graduate, family members or friends — or take the WUSTL trivia challenge.


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