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University of Redlands to Hold 102nd Commencement Ceremonies

High-profile attorney David Boies will be the speaker at the undergraduate ceremony May 28

REDLANDS, CA (May 12, 2011)— University of Redlands students will claim their place in Bulldog history when the University holds its 102nd commencement ceremonies and honors some 1,370 students who achieved degrees during ceremonies that begin on Thursday, May 26 and continue on Saturday, May 28, in the Alumni Greek Theatre.

At a glance: •

  • Thursday, May 26, 6 p.m., School of Education ceremony. Retiring Dean Bob Denham, a veteran educator and school administrator, will be the speaker. •
  • Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m., College of Arts and Sciences ceremony. David Boies, a prominent lawyer who has been involved with some of the nation’s most high-profile cases, will be the speaker and watch his grandson graduate as a member of the Class of ’11. •
  • Saturday, May 28, 4:30 p.m., School of Business ceremony. Alumna Kay Kallander, the Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at the American Baptist Homes of the West, will be the speaker.

On Thursday, May 26, approximately 250 School of Education graduates receiving credentials, masters and doctoral degrees will be honored at 6 p.m. in the Greek Theatre.

Dean Bob Denham, who is retiring after two decades of work with the University, will be the ceremony’s speaker. During his time at Redlands, he served as an adjunct professor, visiting professor, interim dean and assistant professor before becoming dean in 2007.

Among his achievements at the University, Denham helped lead the establishment of the first doctoral degree, the Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Justice, and several new master’s degree programs. The School of Education has since become known for its unique focus on educational justice, with the Ed.D. now in its fifth year, and the Center for Educational Justice sponsoring symposiums throughout the year and an annual summer conference to explore the issue.

Denham, a veteran educator and school administrator, worked for more than 20 years with local public schools, serving as principal of Orangewood High School from 1986-1996 and of Redlands High School from 1996-2000. In 1994-95, he chaired a state committee that wrote the California Department of Education Handbook for Continuation Education, and was recognized as California Continuation Principal of the Year in 1995 and Redlands Man of the Year in 1996.

On Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m., nearly 620 College of Arts and Sciences students will celebrate earning bachelors or master’s degrees during their commencement, held in the Greek Theatre.

David Boies, one of the nation’s most prominent lawyers, will be the speaker. Boies, who attended the University of Redlands from 1960-62, recently represented plaintiffs in a landmark trial in California who were fighting to overturn Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. He also won a record $1.3 billion jury verdict for his client Oracle in a copyright infringement suit against SAP. He is the chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.

Working with University of Redlands alumnus and former Secretary of State the late Warren Christopher ’46, Boies served as the lead counsel for former Vice President Al Gore during litigation relating to the 2000 election Florida vote count. From 1998-2000 he served as special trial counsel for the U. S. Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft. In 1986, representing the Democratic National Committee, Boies won a permanent injunction against the Republican National Committee targeting minority districts with efforts to challenge voter qualifications.

Boies, who received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Redlands in 2000, was a runner-up “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine, and was voted one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010.

The School of Business ceremony, with approximately 500 graduates receiving MBAs, master’s and bachelor’s degrees, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, also in the Greek Theatre.

This year’s School of Business commencement speaker, alumna Kay Kallander, has been involved in health care and seniors issues for over 30 years.

Kallander cared for patients of all ages as a registered nurse in an acute care hospital and throughout the world as a volunteer nurse through World Vision.

For the last 20 years, her work has focused on the elderly, first as a director of nursing and then as an executive director of Plymouth Village, a continuing care retirement community in Redlands, and more recently as a member of the leadership team of American Baptist Homes of the West in Northern California. She served five years as the Chief of Operations and is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning.

She is an ’86 and ’93 graduate of the University, earning a bachelor’s degree in health science and an MBA, respectively.

Kallander serves on many local, state and national committees related to seniors. She was selected to represent the United States at the first International Alzheimer’s and E-Rotary conference in Sydney, Australia, and also served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. She has served on the Aging Services of California Board of Directors and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.


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