On Saturday, May 12, on another perfect Bay Area day, friends and family gathered at the Campanile Esplanade to watch as 37 graduates of the UC Berkeley School of Information received their diplomas. After welcoming the audience, Dean AnnaLee Saxenian introduced the commencement speaker, Stanford University Librarian Michael Keller, who delivered a powerful and thought-provoking speech.
Master's students Ross Housewright and Christo Sims were selected by their classmates as this year's student speakers. They offered an entertaining and heartfelt reflection on their time in the I School Master's program and thanked faculty, staff, and fellow students for making it such a rewarding experience. Students also honored two faculty members: Professor Coye Cheshire received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Mentor Award was presented to Adjunct Professor Bob Glushko.
Before conferring the degrees, Dean Saxenian announced the winners of the 2007 Dr. James R. Chen Awards for outstanding Master's final projects. At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates, friends, and family were all invited to celebrate at a reception held in South Hall.