Carnegie Mellon Press Release: May 10, 2004
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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
May 10, 2004

L'Oréal Executive To Deliver Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon University's Commencement Sunday, May 16

EVENT: Candace Sheffield Matthews, president of the SoftSheen-Carson division of L'Oréal and a 1981 metallurgical science and engineering alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, will be the keynote speaker for Carnegie Mellon's commencement ceremony. Matthews earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and held senior marketing positions at General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Bausch & Lomb, CIBA Vision Corporation and the Coca-Cola Company. Matthews then joined L'Oréal USA and in 2001 became president of SoftSheen-Carson, L'Oréal's worldwide headquarters for hair-care products for people of African descent.

Joining Matthews on the commencement platform will be three prestigious professionals who will be receiving honorary degrees. They are:

  • C.D. Mote Jr., president of the University of Maryland and the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, will receive an honorary doctorate in science and technology for his research in dynamic systems and biomechanics.

  • William D. Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, will receive an honorary doctorate of public policy for his commitment to government, business and community service.

  • Richard A Tapia, an internationally known researcher in computational and mathematical sciences and a national leader in educational outreach programs, will be awarded an honorary doctorate in science and technology.

Some 2,176 degrees will be conferred at this commencement, Carnegie Mellon's 107th.

WHEN: 11 a.m., Sunday, May 16

WHERE: Gesling Stadium, Carnegie Mellon campus

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