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This year's graduates will make the annual procession from Hamilton Hall to the Academy of Music (240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia) for the 131st commencement of the University of the Arts on May 21 at 10:30 a.m. A post-ceremony celebration of the class of '09 will take place at Hamilton Hall immediately afterward.
Two individuals will receive honorary doctor of fine arts degrees: Broadway director James Lapine and Please Touch Museum founder Portia Hamilton Sperr. A Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Drama Desk Award winner, Lapine has been honored for "Sunday in the Park with George" (1984), "Into the Woods" (1988), "Falsettos" (1992), "Passion" (1994) and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (2005). Sperr is a former University of the Arts faculty member and museum pioneer, who was instrumental in creating the University's Museum Education Program and who spearheaded the innovative Philadelphia program "Museums in the Life of the City."
Families and friends who are not able to attend the ceremony can follow the proceedings from a "virtual seat" by logging onto the University's Webcast at 10:30 a.m. Please note that the number of users who will be able to access the live stream is limited. Please consider this in your planning. The University will provide on-demand broadcasts of the ceremony throughout the remainder of the day, beginning at 5 p.m.
While every effort will be made to troubleshoot technical issues during the live broadcast, the University cannot guarantee access to the Webcast. For an optimal viewing experience, Windows Media 9 or higher on a high-speed Internet connection (DSL, Cable, T1 or better) is recommended.