President Mazey to preside over first commencement

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University will hold its 271st graduation ceremonies at 9 a.m. this Saturday (Aug. 6) on the lawn in front of University Hall, with new President Mary Ellen Mazey presiding. The total number of diplomas being awarded is 1,135, including 537 degrees granted through the Graduate College. Seventy-two undergraduates will receive their degrees with honors signifying meritorious academic achievement.

This summer’s commencement speaker is Dr. Jong Pil Lee, the recipient of BGSU’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received his master’s degree from the University in 1967 and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Canada.

Lee teaches at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, where he has mentored thousands of students and teachers in mathematics and has been the recipient of numerous honors statewide.

In 2005, he was one of 10 professors nationwide and one of only two mathematics professors to be honored at the White House with the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, an award jointly administered by the White House and the National Science Foundation.

Lee has founded numerous organizations including the Institute of Leadership Development for Teaching Mathematics and Technology, the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students, the Institute of Mathematics Enrichment for High-Ability and High-Potential Women, supported by the National Science Foundation, and the Long Island Mathematics Scholarship Foundation for minority high school seniors.

The rain location for commencement is the new Stroh Center.

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(Posted August 01, 2011 )