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WUNC's Guide To Graduation Weekend In The Triangle

Duke University

Several universities are holding their commencement exercises this weekend. Here's a look at what's in store.

The Speakers

UNC Chapel Hill: Dr. Atul Gawande.

Dr. Gawande has become a household name for fans of science and medical journalism. He's a leader in the field of how to make health care more efficient and more effective on an institutional level. He also gave a TED talk, which makes him pretty hip.

Duke University: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey

General Dempsey is the highest ranking military officer in the country.  As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he advises the President, Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council.  So he's a big deal.

North Carolina State University: David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.

Probably the greatest job in the country, the "Collector in Chief." While this seems like an antiquated position, Ferriero is heading the National Archives at a time when digitizing the country's treasures is making them more accessible than ever.

North Carolina Central University: Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).

Baskerville heads the organization that lobbies on behalf of the country's HBCU's. It's a huge job, at a time when the focus of HBCU's is shifting, and race is at the forefront of the college admissions process.

The Schedule

Saturday, May 10th

Sunday, May 11th

Eric Mennel prepares the afternoon/evening "drive time" newscast on WUNC. Previously, he was a producer for The Story with Dick Gordon. Eric has reported for All Things Considered, This American Life, 99% Invisible and other radio programs. He covered protests and security measures at the 2012 Republican National Convention for WUSF Tampa and NPR News. One day, he hopes to own a home with a wrap-around porch.
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