Office of the Provost


April 4, 2003

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to invite you to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s 2003 Commencement Ceremony, the first Commencement to take place in the John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, with the Honorable Paul H. O’Neill serving as the keynote speaker.

Mr. O’Neill was the 72nd Secretary of the U. S. Treasury, serving from 2001 until 2002. He was chair and CEO of Alcoa from 1987 to 1999, retiring as chair at the end of 2000. Prior to joining Alcoa, he was president of International Paper Company from 1985 to 1987.

Commencement is, of course, a very special occasion for our students, their relatives, and their friends, and the presence of a large group of faculty members adds significantly to the impact of the event. Those students receiving their doctoral degrees are given the opportunity of asking a faculty person to participate in the ceremony by hooding them. I urge you to accept this honor should you be asked by one of your students, and I hope you will try to attend in any event.

Information on regalia and Commencement day instructions are attached; please return the bottom of this form to the Office of Special Events if you plan to attend the ceremony. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call (412) 624-7100.

I hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating our students’ achievements and marking the end of another very successful academic year.


James V. Maher



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