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484 Graduating Seniors will receive the Bachelor of Arts degree on June 14

June 3, 2014

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Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 484 graduating members of the Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 14, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.

Following remarks by Carleton College President Steven Poskanzer, two seniors will address the graduating class, chosen by a panel of their peers. This year’s senior commencement speakers are mathematics major Grace Natalie Jaffe (Chicago), who will deliver an address entitled “Getting Back Up,” and psychology major Mitchell Robert Campbell (Superior, Wisc.), who will present “A Community of Trust, An Empire of Memories.”

Carleton College will then award an honorary doctorate, the highest honor given by the College, to a recipient who will briefly address the graduating class. This year’s honorary degree recipient is David R. Loy, an independent scholar of Japanese Zen Buddhism and comparative philosophy, and member of the Carleton College Class of 1969.

Loy’s main area of research focuses on what Buddhism and modernity can learn from each other, especially regarding social and ecological issues. Loy has taught at various institutes around the world, including the National University of Singapore; Bunkyo University in Japan; Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio; the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and the Hebrew University in Israel. He is the author of numerous publications, many of which have been translated into different languages, including The World is Made of Stories; Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution; The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory; Lack and Transcendence, The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism and Buddhism; and Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy.  A Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism, Loy hosts lectures, retreats and workshops worldwide. 

For further information, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Office of College Relations at(507) 222-4309 or email The Bald Spot is located on the Carleton campus between College and Winona Streets in Northfield.