Duke Holds Another Commencement For Seniors

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On Sunday, when they were supposed to be graduating from college, five baseball players and seven women's lacrosse athletes were busy representing the University on the field. So the next day, holding with tradition, the University honored the seniors with a ceremonious Commencement, complete with music, speeches and a procession.

Chris Kennedy, deputy athletic director, has led the second graduation for the last 15 years and has overseen its evolution from a simple presentation to a full-blown affair. This year, Lee Baker, Trinity College's dean of academic affairs, and Steve Nowicki, dean of undergraduate education, spoke to the 12 graduates, and Kennedy presented them with diplomas. Those who graduate Sunday do not receive their diplomas in Wallace Wade Stadium.

The athletic department, however, could not duplicate all of the pomp and circumstance. After all, Oprah was not available for an encore performance.


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