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Oh Happy Day

On May 10, the University held its 141st Commencement exercises. More than 13,000 attended the ceremony in Brookings Quadrangle, including some 2,600 graduates receiving degrees.

Providing Constant Care

Burton M. Wheeler, professor emeritus of English and religious studies in Arts & Sciences, shares a very personal, loving account of his experiences taking care of his wife, Jackie, who suffers from Alzheimer's.

Building a Naturally Modern Architectural Landscape

While serving as a visiting professor at the School of architecture last spring, Australian architect Glenn Murcutt received word of his selection as the winner of the 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

A Surgeon's Story

Professor Emerita Jessie Ternberg was the first female resident in pediatric surgery at the School of Medicine. Over the course of her career and life, she has been a dedicated doctor, a great mentor, and a true leader.


Treasuring the Past

Washington Spirit A series spotlighting key faculty and staff who help make this great University run.








Hats Off to Reunion

Each spring during Commencement weekend, alumni gather on the Hilltop Campus to take part in Reunion festivities: parties, lectures, and gala receptions.

Serving Citizens Through the Legal System

As a judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Jean Constance Hamilton, J.D. '71, sees her role as a "helper" and "educator" to those she serves.

And Social Justice for All

As vice president of the Asset Building and Community Development program of the Ford Foundation, sociologist Melvin Oliver, M.A. '74, Ph.D. '77, works to reduce poverty and other social injustices around the world.

Lasting Lessons Three alumni describe their favorite teachers.

My Washington Jerome F. Brasch, B.S. Ch.E. '44, M.S.Ch.E '47, lends support to the University to provide outstanding opportunities for generations of students.

Alumni Activities The Alumni Travel Program is expanding its scope; Professor Douglass C. North is the 2002 Eliot Society "Search" Award winner.

Alumni Profiles Short stories on alumni.