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May 11: Media Advisory: Google Chairman, CEO Eric Schmidt To Give Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 17


Teresa Thomas                       

Media Advisory:
Google Chairman, CEO Eric Schmidt To Give Keynote
Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 17

Honorary Degree Recipients Include Detre, Lockhart, Rashad and Shapiro

Event: Eric Schmidt, chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Google Inc., will speak at Carnegie Mellon University's 112th commencement ceremony in Gesling Stadium on the university campus. Schmidt, who will be awarded an honorary doctorate in science and technology, will share the commencement platform with four other honorary degree recipients. They are:

  • Thomas Detre, M.D., Doctor of Humane Letters. Detre has served for 30 years at the University of Pittsburgh and was instrumental in the creation of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a world-renowned medical center and research institution. He is the Emeritus Distinguished Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Keith Lockhart (MFA'83), Doctor of Fine Arts. As conductor of the Boston Pops, music director of the Utah Symphony, and artistic director and principal conductor of the summer institute and festival at the Brevard Music Center, Lockhart is a force in the music world. Lockhart recently conducted the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic during a program in New York City's Carnegie Hall.
  • Phylicia Rashad, Doctor of Fine Arts. Rashad has earned many awards for her acting roles on stage, in films and on television. Among her Broadway credits is a Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in "A Raisin in the Sun." She is well known from her television roles as Claire Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," and as Ruth Lucas on "Cosby."
  • Harold Shapiro, Doctor of Public Policy. A former president of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, Shapiro is currently a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, a trustee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, chairman of the board at DeVry Inc., and a key member of many national public policy committees and boards.

More than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred at this year's commencement. The ceremony will be broadcast live at

When: 11 a.m., Sunday, May 17 (rain or shine).

Where: Gesling Stadium, Carnegie Mellon campus

Note to reporters:
Media planning to attend Sunday's ceremony should contact Teresa Thomas at 412-260-0516 for instructions on seating or photography.