News releases

Dec. 14, 2004
TO: Editors, news directors
FROM: Liz Beyler, (608) 263-1986,
RE: TIP/Midyear commencement coverage

Reporters and photographers covering midyear commencement ceremonies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sunday, Dec. 19, may pick up their credentials inside the Kohl Center media entrance on Frances Street starting an hour before each ceremony. The credentials will allow them to move freely around the floor during the ceremonies. However, there will be no access to the stage.

Approximately 1,600 students will be eligible to receive their degrees Sunday during ceremonies held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Media parking will be available in Lot 91 behind the Madison School District Administration Building, with entry on the Bedford Street side of the lot. Parking permits will not be required. Media representatives should tell the parking attendant that they are covering commencement.

A mult box will be available for broadcast recording, and will be located at the electricians' table to the right of the stage.

John Lucas of University Communications will provide assistance if needed. To arrange an interview with the commencement speaker, Peace Corps director Gaddi Vasquez, please contact Lucas at (608) 262-8287 prior to commencement, if possible.

Vasquez, the son of a migrant farm worker, began his public service career as a police officer in Orange, Calif. He has served on the national advisory board of the Salvation Army and is a co-founding chair of the Orange County Hispanic Education Fund, which has raised more than $1 million to fund scholarships for Latino students.

Vasquez served in the administrations of three former California governors and was twice appointed to federal commissions by former president George H.W. Bush.

According to a recent Peace Corps news release, the organization has 7,733 volunteers serving in 71 countries this year - the highest number of volunteers in 29 years. Ninety-seven per cent of them have at least a bachelor's degree, and 13 percent have a master's degree.

Since the inception of the Peace Corps in 1961, some 2,668 UW-Madison alumni have devoted their time and energy to its cause, including Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle and his wife, Jessica. In 2003, the university led the country with 142 Peace Corps volunteers in the field, topping the nation for 17 consecutive years.