Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will deliver the 2006 undergraduate commencement address to more that 1,200 students during Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) 94th annual ceremony on Saturday, May 6th.

LMU commencement ceremonies are open to the public and tickets are not required.

Up to 20,000 guests are expected for the undergraduate ceremony, which begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts approximately three hours and 30 minutes.

Ceremonies take place in the Sunken Garden on the campus at 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.

It is suggest that visitors arrive early because on-campus parking is limited, though free.

More than 1,900 bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees will be awarded this spring during three separate ceremonies at LMU.

In addition to undergraduate commencement, ceremonies for graduate students and Loyola Law School students will also take place.

For those unable to attend, the Saturday and Sunday commencements, May 6th and 7th, there will be a Webcast starting at 9 a.m. both days at www.lmu.edu/ commencement

Villaraigosa will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, by LMU in honor of his professional accomplishments, dedication to public service and leadership.

“Mayor Villaraigosa is one of the leading progressive voices in our country today,” said LMU president Robert Lawton.

Villaraigosa is the 41st mayor of Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, wheere he received a bachelor’s degree in history. He moved on to graduate from the People’s College of Law.

He is a former Los Angeles City Council member and former speaker of the California State Assembly.

Roy Romer, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will deliver the graduate commencement address at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 7th, in the Sunken Garden.

Romer, who will accept an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, at the ceremony, has announced his retirement from the school district after more than six years of service.

Prior to joining the Los Angeles Unified School District, Romer served as governor of Colorado, and he is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a leader of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Best-selling author Scott Turow will give the keynote address to Loyola Law School graduates at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 21st, in the Sunken Garden.

Turow is a partner in the Chicago law office of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, a national law firm with 600 lawyers.

His practice centers on white-collar criminal litigation. His seven novels have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

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