Ursula Burns to deliver keynote address at commencement today

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Ursula Burns, president and newly named chief executive officer of Xerox Corp., will present the keynote address to RIT graduates today. Academic Convocation begins at 3:45 p.m. in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

Yesterday, Xerox’s board of directors appointed Burns CEO following the announcement that Anne Mulcahy will retire from the post effective July 1. Burns, who joined the company in 1980, was appointed Xerox president two year ago, expanding her leadership to include the company’s IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts.

During Academic Convocation, Destler will confer degrees on more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Other highlights include recognition of students graduating with honors and faculty members who won this year’s outstanding teaching awards.

In addition, RIT will mark a significant milestone by honoring the first graduates in its computing and information sciences doctoral program. Linwei Wang, from Hong Kong, and Erik Golen, from Dartmouth, Mass., will receive their doctorates during a separate graduation observance for the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, set for 8:30 p.m. today.

Each of RIT’s eight colleges celebrates commencement with individual ceremonies, during which graduating students receive their diplomas and are recognized individually.

Other RIT college ceremonies are scheduled as follow:

  • E. Philip Saunders College of Business, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Gordon Field House
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 9 a.m. Saturday, Ritter Ice Arena
  • College of Applied Science and Technology, noon Saturday, Gordon Field House
  • College of Science, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ritter Ice Arena
  • Kate Gleason College of Engineering, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Gordon Field House
  • College of Liberal Arts, 4 p.m. Saturday, Ritter Ice Arena
  • College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gordon Field House