July 31, 2000

Ceremonies to Mark Middlebury College
2000 Language Schools Commencement on Aug. 11

Carillon Concert and Ceremonies Open to the Public

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-The Middlebury College Language Schools will conduct commencement exercises on Friday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. The ceremonies will be preceded by a carillon recital beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the recital and the commencement exercises. Both events will be held in Middlebury College's Mead Memorial Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125).

President John M. McCardell, Jr. and Dean of the Language Schools and Schools Abroad Michael R. Katz will award degrees to 145 master of arts candidates in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. He also will award degrees to three doctor of modern language candidates. Twelve bachelor's degrees will be conferred. The ceremony will include the presentation of outstanding achievement awards in the study of Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese languages, and for French literary studies.

The commencement address will be delivered by the Hon. Ruth A. Davis, director of the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., and former ambassador to the Republic of Benin (1992-1995). A member of the Foreign Service since 1969, she has served in United States embassies in Zaire, Kenya, Japan, Italy, and Spain.

Born in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1943, Davis graduated magna cum laude from Spelman
College and earned a master's degree in social work from the University of California at Berkeley. She speaks French and German, and has directed activities at the Foreign Service Institute since July 1997.

Davis will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from Middlebury College.

An honorary doctor of arts will be conferred upon the Italian film director Francesco Rosi, who is credited as the father of the "Cinema Civile" movement. Rosi's 1980 film "Tre Frateli" ("Three Brothers") was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Five of his films, including "La Tregua" ("The Truce") in 1996, have received the David di Donatelli Prize for best Italian film.

A bagpipe player, Peter Welch of Marstons Mills, Mass., will escort the academic procession into Mead Chapel.

Middlebury College's first language school, the German School, was founded in 1915, followed by the French and Spanish Schools in 1916 and 1917, respectively. Subsequently, programs were added in Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic.

Middlebury also offers language programs at the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad located in France (Paris), Germany (Mainz), Italy (Florence), Russia (Irkutsk, Moscow, Voronezh, and Yaroslavl), and Spain (Getafe, LogroƱo, Madrid, and Segovia). More than 35,000 students have attended the Language Schools in their 85-year history, of which over 11,000 have obtained advanced degrees in one or more of the eight foreign languages offered.

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