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1,800 to Graduate At Killian Today

By Orli G. Bahcall
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

MIT will hold its 130th commencement today in Killian Court. Over 1,800 seniors and graduate students will receive some 2,000 degrees from the MIT's five schools and 21 academic departments.

Vice President Al Gore will deliver the main address to the nearly 8,000 relatives and guests expected to attend the outdoor exercises; he plans to focus his remarks on the role of technology in society.

President Charles M. Vest will deliver the charge to the graduates; Chair of the Corporation Paul E. Gray '54 will preside over the exercises.

Formal exercises begin with the traditional academic procession at 9:45 a.m. Students will start at 77 Massachusetts Avenue and will proceed east on Memorial Drive to Killian Court. Chief Marshall Karen W. Arenson '70 will lead them in.

The Commencement program begins at 10 a.m. in Killian Court. Following an invocation by MITCatholic Chaplain Mary Karen Powers, Gore will deliver the Commencement address to the graduates.

Other Commencement speakers include outgoing Graduate Student Council President Barbara J. Souter G and Senior Class President Matthew J. Turner '96. Souter will deliver a salute to the graduates from the graduate student body, while Turner will present the senior class gift to Vest, who will then deliver the charge.

Vest will award diplomas to the bachelor of science degree recipients and to those receiving both that and the master of science degrees, while Provost Joel Moses will give out advanced degrees. Following the program, Vest will hold a reception for graduates and their guests in or near McDermott Court.

Past years' speakers have included former Chrysler Corporation CEO Lee Iacocca, Hewlett-Packard Company founder William R. Hewlett SM'36, and former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. University of Chicago President Emerita Hanna H. Gray delivered last year's address.