American Red Cross President Marsha Johnson Evans Tops Speakers List for 2003 Commencement Ceremonies


American Red Cross President Marsha Johnson Evans Tops Speakers List for 2003 Commencement Ceremonies
Marsha Johnson Evans, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, will serve as a commencement speaker on Sunday, June 15.

Marsha Johnson Evans, president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, will be the commencement speaker for the College of Science graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 15.

In all, Cal Poly Pomona?s 2003 commencement schedule will include eight different ceremonies over a three-day span beginning Friday, June 13. Besides Evans, this year?s speakers include a United States congresswoman, an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, three business executives and the co-founder of the Pomona Arts Colony.

Evans, named to her current position in August 2002, oversees the nation?s premier humanitarian service organization. She previously served 29 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1997 at the rank of rear admiral, then spent four years as executive director of the Girl Scouts.

During the past year, the American Red Cross assisted the victims of more than 70,000 disasters, collected and processed 7.2 million blood donations (more than half the nation blood supply), trained nearly 12 million people in lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR, provided direct assistance to more than half a million military families, and responded to numerous international natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies.

All commencement ceremonies will take place in the University Quad. In addition, commencement for International Polytechnic High School will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16.

Cal Poly Pomona?s 2003 commencement schedule and speakers are as follows:

Friday, June 13
4 p.m. ? College of Environmental Design, speaker Ed Tessier, co-founder, Pomona Arts Colony
8 p.m. ? College of Engineering, Eddy W. Hartenstein, chair & CEO, DirecTV

Saturday, June 14
9 a.m. – College of Business Administration, Mark S. ?Mickey? Segal, president, Assante Business Management
4 p.m. ? College of Agriculture, Dr. Elsa Murano, undersecretary for food safety, USDA
7:30 p.m. ? College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, Grace Napolitano, U.S. representative, California?s 38th District

Sunday, June 15
10 a.m. ? The Collins School of Hospitality Management, Michael Handlery, senior vice president, Handlery Hotels
4 p.m. ? College of Education & Integrative Studies, Darline Robles, superintendent, Los Angeles County Office of Education
7:30 p.m. – College of Science, Marsha Johnson Evans, president & CEO, American Red Cross

Tickets are not required for any of this year?s commencement ceremonies. Attendees are advised to arrive at least one hour prior to the scheduled start. Disabled students and guests requiring special assistance should contact Disabled Student Services in advance at (909) 896-3971 or e-mail dss@cpp.edu.

Campus parking is free during commencement weekend. Those attending are encouraged to utilize lots C, D, F, J and M. Additional commencement information is available by calling (909) 869-5369 or on the Internet at www.cpp.edu/~commencement.