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Commencement 2013 Brims With Tradition, Honors – and Many Success Stories

University of the Pacific's Commencement 2013 this Saturday will celebrate the achievements and success of 1,507 graduates and numerous members of the University community.
Apr 29, 2013

Four will be honored with the Order of Pacific, established in 1952 by the Board of Regents as the highest award the University can give. It honors members of Pacific's community who have given distinguished service and made outstanding contributions to the University over a significant number of years.

The Order of Pacific recipients

Robert R. Benedetti, a political science professor, executive director of the Harold S. Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership, and former dean of the College of the Pacific, for his 24 years of service to Pacific. Judith M. Chambers '58, '60, former dean of students and vice president for Student Life, for her 44 years of service.
Robert C. and Jeannette Powell, University Regents
and benefactors, will receive posthumous Order of Pacific honors for their 23 years of support of the University.
Margaret (Peggy) L. Rosson '70, '95, Assistant Dean of Students, for her 35 years of service.

Other Faculty Awards

Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient:
The prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award is given each year to a tenured faculty member for outstanding accomplishment in any or all of the following areas: teaching, research, creative endeavors and service to the University. This year, Diane M. Borden, Professor of English in College of the Pacific will be recognized. She has been at Pacific since 1971. 

Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award Recipients: These awards, which recognize exemplary teaching and scholarship, were awarded to Cynthia J. Dobbs, associate professor of English in College of the Pacific and Analiese M. Richard, associate professor of anthropology in the School of International Studies.

University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award - General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church: The award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional teaching; recognizes concern for students and colleagues and has sensitivity to the mission of the church-related university; has a record of significant contributions to the scholarly life of the university; and demonstrates a commitment to high standards of professional and personal conduct. This year's award went to Alan C. Lenzi, associate professor of Religious and Classical Studies in College of the Pacific.


Honorary Degrees

Other honors to be presented during Commencement include seven honorary degrees given to Japanese-Americans who were forced by presidential executive order to leave University of the Pacific (and other U.S. institutions of higher education) in 1942 as the United States entered World War II.

One of the seven, 91-year-old Ida Takagishi Inouye is scheduled to be on hand for the ceremony. Joyce and Judy Teshima will receive a posthumous honorary degree on behalf of their father, Roy Ichiro Teshima. Other students receiving posthumous honorary degrees include Toshio Kaneda, of Stockton; Nora Maehara, of Honolulu; Marie Chiyeko Mizutani, of Walnut Grove; Masashi Sugi, of French Camp; and Atsuno Yamaguchi, of Berkeley.

Walter Robb, Whole Foods Market co-CEO, Pacific Regent since 2006, and a member of the boards of the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, is this year's commencement speaker. Robb, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.

There are 1,507 graduates in the Class of 2013 who come from 29 states and eight countries, each a testament to achievement through hard work and perseverance during their years at Pacific.

Visit University of the Pacific's 2013 Commencement website at Pacific.edu/Commencement for more information.

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