It’s that time of year again – Carnegie Mellon’s 113th Commencement ceremony is just around the corner.

So what’s in store for the graduates and their families on Sunday, May 16 in Gesling Stadium?

This year more than 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students will parade onto the field, eagerly awaiting their degrees to be conferred.

Ian G. Rawson, managing director of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) in Deschapelles, Haiti, will address more than 3,700 students as their keynote speaker. A longtime member of the Carnegie Mellon community, Rawson and his staff have worked literally non-stop since the earthquake to care for thousands of survivors. Rawson’s story will hopefully instill one final lesson of dedication and leadership for this year’s graduates as they head out to make their impact on the world.

Find out more about Ian Rawson >>

Honorary Degrees:
This year, Carnegie Mellon will award honorary degrees to:
  • Gordon Bell, Doctor of Science and Technology.
  • Robert H. Dennard, Doctor of Science and Technology.
  • Barbara Luderowski, Doctor of Fine Arts.
  • James H. Simons, Doctor of Business Practice.
Find out more about our 2010 Honorary Degree recipients >>

And don’t forget to Tweet it up! Whether you’ll be on campus for the occasion or not, join the conversation on Twitter. Use #cmugrad to report on the day’s happenings and reminisce about all the good times.


Keep track of your health

Keeping track of your personal health records (PHRs) can be painstaking task. But soon that could all change.

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College -- along with UPMC, Google Health and dbMotion -- are developing technology that will give patients the ability to access their PHRs and add critical health information to the electronic records maintained by hospitals and physicians.

This would keep all records in one place, granting both patients and health care providers access to the most up-to-date information. Another bonus is the ability to share information bi-directionally. Simply put – health care providers will be able to share information securely with patients through the PHR and vice versa.

In the past, researchers have had difficulty aggregating data from a wide range of systems and making it coherent for users. Leave it to Carnegie Mellon and its partners have overcome this obstacle. The team has created a flexible, service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform that shares and organizes patient information in a meaningful way, regardless of what system or format the data came from.

Six graduate students studying information systems began work on this project last fall under the guidance of Prof. Rema Padman. Now it’s expected to launch for patients as early as this spring.

Read more about this project on the home page >>


Spring Carnival with a Twist

Starting this year, we’re doing Spring Carnival just a little bit different. We heard feedback from alumni about their reunion weekend experiences and as a result, April 15-17 marks the first Spring Carnival and Reunion Weekend.

We’ll be celebrating all reunions, 1st through the Platinum classes, during Carnival weekend when Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus is the place to be.

Also new to Carnival this year, the launch of the Loyal Scot program. Visit the University Center or stop by the alumni association tents at Buggy or Midway to learn more.

Alumni and students are also welcome to attend the first Spring Carnival Alumni Golf Outing on Sunday, April 18. In addition to 18 holes of golf, this outing includes a shuttle from campus, breakfast, a snack at the turn, a cart and a closing banquet.

And let’s not forget about our regularly scheduled programming. There’s Booth, Buggy and so much more. Check the schedule of events and follow all of the action on Twitter using hashtag #cmucarnival.

Wondering if any of your friends are planning to return? Be sure to check out the “I’m Attending Spring Carnival 2010” list and add your own name.

Can’t wait until April 15? Watch Scotty’s First Carnival and experience Carnegie Mellon’s 2009 Spring Carnival through the eyes of Scotty, the university’s official mascot.



The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic will grace New York City’s Carnegie Hall with their presence on Thursday, April 8 at 8 pm.

Led by Maestro Ronald Zollman and featuring alum & rising opera star, Liam Bonner (A’03), this event serves as the capstone of a College of Fine Arts weekend in NYC.

Bonner will perform in Mahler's "Lieder eines Farhrende Gesellen." The concert will also include a New York premiere performance of Jacob Druckman’s “Demos” and Stravinsky’s vibrant and fanciful “Petrouchka.”

Can’t make it to New York? Catch a preview concert in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 6 at 8 pm. The concert will be held in Oakland’s Carnegie Music Hall.

Need tickets?

Carnegie Hall in New York City
$15 and $25 tickets are available
http://www.carnegiehall.org or 212-247-7800

Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh
$5 tickets are available