Ceremonies for the University of Bridgeport (UB) 102nd Commencement will begin at 10.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, when degrees will be conferred on more than 1,400 members of the Class of 2012.

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents the Fourth District of Connecticut, will deliver the Keynote Address and receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Barbara James ’70, ’74,  will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, and members form the Class of 1962 will be honored as Golden Knights on the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Separate graduation ceremonies for nearly 170 graduates from the Division of Health Sciences will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, May 13 at the Mertens Theater in the Arnold Bernhard Center.

The Class of 2012 represents 625 undergraduates and 796 graduates. Six out of 10 candidates for degrees are female, and over one third—37 percent—are international students.

Constance Vickers, 22, who is the class speaker, said she enrolled at UB because she was “drawn to the diverse community. The experience of being a member of a small global community at UB has been really special.”

For a full schedule of events, and to read stories and profiles from members of the Class of 2012, please visit here.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 993-0380, lgeary@bridgeport.edu