UD is a family tradition for the Schiavi family, including Guido (right), Class of 1950 (and MBA, 1967); his son, Vincent (left), Class of 1975; his grandson, Nicholas (second from left), graduating in the Class of 2011; and grandson, Kevin, who is entering UD this fall in the Class of 2015.

Commencement info

Interesting facts concerning the University's 162nd Commencement


4:37 p.m., May 28, 2011--The University of Delaware held its 162nd Commencement exercises on Saturday morning, May 28, in Delaware Stadium.

Following are interesting facts about the Commencement, including the procession of alumni delegates and the number of degree conferred.

Campus Stories

Posters on the Hill

Three UD student researchers who are creating a graphic novel about an indigenous Peruvian people presented their work on Capitol Hill.

Successful job fair

The University of Delaware recently held its 38th annual Project Search education fair, with representatives of school districts from across the country interviewing students and educational professionals.

Alumni delegates

The Commencement ceremony was opened by the procession of alumni delegates, led by the recipients of the Alumni Association's Warner and Taylor Awards, which are presented to the outstanding senior woman and man. The Warner and Taylor recipients are Sarah LaFave and Matthew Watters. Alumni delegates were from the classes of 1950 through 2010, representing the UD alumni around the world, which will number more than 145,000 with the addition of this year's graduates. 

Degrees conferred

Conferred at Commencement were an estimated 4,224 degrees (including education specialists and certificates). This number is estimated since the final figure will not be determined until spring grades are fully recorded and the deans review the grades for all candidates.

About the graduates

Eleven graduates celebrated their birthdays on May 28.

The most popular names among the graduates are Sarah and Matthew.

Graduates are from 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (with the most from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland) and from 16 foreign countries. 

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