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Commencement 2010: The day in pictures

While Brookings Quadrangle was filling up with guests, the graduates lined up on campus and waited to proceed into their Commencement ceremony. ALL PHOTOS BY JOE ANGELES, DAVID KILPER AND MARY BUTKUS

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The threat of rain gave way to a welcoming blue sky as morning broke over Brookings Hall and family and friends began arriving for the 149th Commencement May 21, 2010.
While Brookings Quadrangle was filling up with guests, the graduates lined up on campus and waited to proceed into their Commencement ceremony.
An overview of the Quad as the graduates and distinguished guests proceed into the ceremony accompanied by the melodies of "Pomp and Circumstance" and other inspirational musical themes.
Student speaker Fernando S. Cutz (right), senior class president, takes the opportunity to bend the ear of U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, PhD (center), as they are being led into the Commencement ceremony by football coach and faculty marshal Larry Kindbom.
Steven Chu, PhD, Nobel laureate and U.S. secretary of energy, delivers the 2010 Commencement address to an audience of more than 15,000 in Brookings Quadrangle.
Commencement speaker Steven Chu, PhD (second from left), Nobel laureate and U.S. secretary of energy, receives an honorary doctor of science degree from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton (far right) after a presentation by John F. McDonnell (far left), vice chair and life trustee of the Washington University Board of Trustees. Looking on is Robert E. Wiltenburg, PhD (second from right), dean of University College in Arts & Sciences.
Brian J. Druker, MD (right), director of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute and the JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, receives an honorary doctor of science degree from Trustee John P. Dubinsky.
Joanne Knight (right), active St. Louis community leader, volunteer and generous philanthropist, receives an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Trustee Robert L. Virgil.
Richard A. Roloff (right), Washington University alumnus and special assistant to the chancellor, receives an honorary doctor of laws degree from Trustee Arnold W. Donald.
Nelson S. “Strobe” Talbott (right), president of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and former deputy secretary of state from 1994-2001, receives an honorary doctor of laws degree from Trustee Cynthia J. Brinkley.
Fernando S. Cutz, senior class president, addresses his classmates at WUSTL's 149th Commencement.
Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton addresses the approximately 2,700 degree candidates from the Class of 2010. Looking on is Stephen F. Brauer, chair of the Board of Trustees.
Larry J. Shapiro, MD (right), executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, begins the process of conferring degrees in the School of Medicine under the watchful eye of Provost Edward S. Macias, PhD (left), executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences.
Master's and doctoral students get the honor of "hooding" each other after the conferral of their degrees.
Time to celebrate! Following the Commencement ceremony, members of the Class of 2010, along with Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton (in blue sash) and Risa Zwerling Wrighton, break into dancing outside Olin Library to the tune of Kool & The Gang's "Celebration."