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Friday, May 9, 2014


-- This weekend, the largest graduating class in Robert Morris University’s 93-year history will cross the stage to receive diplomas at this year’s commencement ceremonies at the Sewall Center Arena. At least 845 students will earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees this year: 225 at the graduate ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 4 p.m., and at least 620 the following morning, Saturday, May 10, at 9:30. The keynote speaker at the graduate ceremony will be Carol R. Brown, former CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Delivering the keynote address at the undergraduate ceremony will be Robert F. “Bobby” Vagt, chairman of Rice Energy and former president of the Heinz Endowments. Brown and Vagt each will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Robert Morris. Read more about commencement and, for those of you who can't make it, watch it stream on your computer or mobile device at And don't forget to tag your commencement-related tweets #RMUgrad14.

-- All ages are welcome to audition for Damn Yankees, RMU Colonial Theatre's summer production, at 7 p.m. May 28-29 in Massey Theater. The performance takes place July 23-26. For the audition, prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song (be sure to bring piano music) and come ready to do some movement. Questions? Call 724-466-2204.

-- RMU in the News is updated with April's news coverage. Robert Morris earned a mention in the Washington Post, just one highlight of a lot of publicity for the university last month.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The Minuteman will now begin its summer publication schedule and publish every other Friday, which means the next edition of the Minuteman will be published May 23. The Minuteman will resume normal weekly publication on Aug. 22.


-- RMU Assistant Professor of Engineering Benjamin Campbell was recently awarded the 2014 J. Kevin Scanlon Award for the Promotion of Science. Given out by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, the annual award celebrates individuals who work for the promotion and enhancement of science education in western Pennsylvania, and consists of a plaque and $1,500 that the awardee can apply toward a science or science-education undertaking of his own choosing. Campbell will receive his award on May 21.


-- The Spring Senior Showcase, presented by the Media Arts Department, runs through May 13 and highlights the outstanding work of RMU's graduating seniors. The showcase celebrates the accomplishments of the university's media arts students and lets visitors see the best work from RMU's TV/video, graphic design, web design, and photography programs. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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