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Commencement 2013

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On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the CGU community will join together to celebrate the achievements of the class of 2015. CGU's 88th commencement will be held at Mudd Quadrangle, located north of Honnold-Mudd Library at the southeast corner of Tenth Street and Darthmouth Avenue.

The ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding about 11:30 a.m., will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees to distinguished individuals, and greetings by university officials and our commencement speaker.  Tickets are not required.

Each graduating candidate is recognized by name and will walk across the stage to shake hands with either the provost, the president, or the chairperson of the board of trustees.  Doctoral and MFA candidates (CGU's terminal degrees) will be hooded on stage.  Immediately following the ceremony receptions will be held at various venues.


Honorary Degree Recipients 

Patrick Ball is the Executive Director and founder of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that applies rigorous science to the analysis of human rights violations around the world. The HRDAG applies statistical and scientific methods in the analysis of human rights data so that human rights advocates can build scientifically defensible, evidence-based arguments that will result in outcomes of accountability. For more than twenty years, Ball has conducted quantitative analysis for truth commissions, non-governmental organizations, international criminal tribunals, and United Nations missions. In 2014 Ball was named a fellow by the American Statistical Association. He is also a Fellow at the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law of the University of California-Berkeley, a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Human Rights Science, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) at the University of Essex.

Jean-Baptiste Michel is a French and Mauritian scientist, entrepreneur and artist, working at Palanitir Technologies. At Harvard and Google, he turned big data into measuring instruments that broaden the reach of quantification beyond its traditional sphere. Most notably, with Erez Aiden, he used millions of digitized books to create the Google Books Ngram Viewer, a tool used by tens of millions of people to measure and visualize the ebb and flow of words and ideas over centuries. Launched in 2011, the tool spawned a scientific field called Culturomics. With Tami Lieberman, Michel turned hundreds of bacterial genomes into a window on the spread of a deadly epidemic, uncovering potential drug targets for an incurable disease. In 2014, in recognition of the fact that the world's most interesting data lies behind private doors, Michel founded Quantified Labs. Quantified Labs helped companies turn their data into powerful, useful tools and developed technologies of public interest along the way. Quantified Labs joined Palantir Technologies in early 2015. As an artist, Michel focuses on the origins of big data, the bits and pieces that each of us produce, record, and share every day. His first piece, a physical display of live tweets that begin with "I wish," was acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Michel’s work was featured on the cover of Science and Nature, on the front page of the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and in TED talks viewed over two million times. He is the co-author of the bestseller Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture (Riverhead, 2013). He was a visiting faculty at Google, named a Forbes' “30 under 30,” and is a TED Fellow. Michel holds an engineer's diploma ('05) from Ecole Polytechnique, an MS in applied mathematics ('06), and a PhD in systems biology ('10) from Harvard University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and child.

Fernanda Viégas is a computational designer whose work focuses on the social, collaborative, and artistic aspects of information visualization. She is a co-leader, with Martin Wattenberg, of Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group in Cambridge, MA. Before joining Google, she and Wattenberg founded Flowing Media, Inc., a visualization studio focused on media and consumer-oriented projects. Prior to Flowing Media, they led IBM's Visual Communication Lab, where they created the ground-breaking public visualization platform Many Eyes, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis. Before joining IBM, Viégas's research at the MIT Media Lab focused on the visualization of online communities. She is known for her pioneering work on depicting chat histories, email archives, and Wikipedia activity. Viégas's interest in the stories that people tell about these archives led to a series of visualizations of personal, emotionally-charged data. Her artistic visualizations have been exhibited in venues such as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Jeff Jonas is currently an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of Context Computing. In 1985 Jonas founded Systems Research & Development, bought by IBM in 2005, where he developed his work in context-aware computing. Jonas has created more than 100 inventions based on programs that “data mine” torrents of information into usable form in order to discover: “What can the data tell you that you didn't think to ask?” The applications for these programs include fingering potential terrorists, catching fraudulent behavior in casinos, smoking out evidence of global money laundering, and reuniting families separated by natural disasters. Prior to SRD’s acquisition by IBM, Jonas led the design and development of a number of innovative systems, including technology used by the Las Vegas gaming industry against card counting. Currently, Jonas is working on a new generation of context computing code named “G2.” This technology will be used by organizations to make better decisions, faster. This unique technology will play a wide range of roles ranging from advanced anti-money laundering detection and continuous insider threat monitoring to forecasting asteroid impacts.


Student Speaker

The CGU Graduate Student Council will soon announce the Student Commencement Speaker application process.


Schedule of Events


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2015 Interfaith Baccalaureate Service of The Claremont Colleges

Friday, May 15, 2015
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Garrison Theater, Scripps College
231 East Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Student speakers, music, and distinguished guest speaker Dr. Sheldon M. Schuster, President of Keck Graduate Institute.

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Service is the opening ceremony for Commencement Weekend and the one event that brings together students, faculty, staff, friends and family members from all seven of The Claremont Colleges.


 Big Data


Commencement Forum and Awards

"Big Data Human Endeavors" Plenary Panel

Friday, May 15, 2015
4:30 p.m., with a reception following

Albrecht Auditorium
925 North Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711


Featured panel members:

  • Mukesh Aghi, President of the United States-India Business Council

  • Patrick Ball, Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group

  • Jean-Baptiste Michel, leading data scientist and founder of Quantified Labs

  • Fernanda Viégas, co-leader of Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Jeff Jonas, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of Context Computing

  • Panel Moderator:  Thomas Horan, CGU Professor and Director, Center for Information Systems and Technology

Reservations required: RSVP by May 8 online at

The winners of the Transdisciplinary Studies Commencement Forum Competition and the 2015 CGU President's Art Award will be presented at the conclusion of the Forum. 

A reception showcasing student research projects will follow the Forum.



International Place Graduation Celebration

Friday, May 15, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Claremont McKenna Auditorium
College Campus

Graduating and departing international students and scholars, and their families and friends are invited to a reception in their honor.  Join International Place for light refreshments as we say goodbye to our international friends.  For more information, contact International Place.






Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 16, 2015
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The 88th commencement exercises for Claremont Graduate University will be held in Mudd Quadrangle.  Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Rossi will preside over the ceremony.  Parking is available in designated areas around campus.  Plan to arrive early.

Location: Mudd Quadrangle, between Dartmouth and Columbia south of Tenth Street.
Street address for GPS:  231 East Tenth Street, Claremont 91711-3913

Contact:  Donna Standlea, Office of the President,, (909) 607-3305.






Saturday, May 16, 2015
11:30 a.m.

For information about school receptions, please check here

Please view our commencement map with reception locations to find event locations.



Future Commencement Dates

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019



Additional / Contact Information

Need additional information?  Please contact one of the following:

Ceremony - Donna Standlea,, (909) 607-3305

Degree Requirements - Edris Stuebner,, (909) 607-3370

Facilities - Patricia Stodola,, (909) 607-7765

Regalia - Susan Navarro,, (909) 607-5103


Commencement Archives

Click here to view the names and speeches of past CGU student speakers.


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