AddThis Share2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYB.J. [email protected]’s note: B-roll from Rice University’s commencement ceremonies will be posted Saturday afternoon at https://rice.box.com/owlgrad18.Rice University commencement ceremonies are Friday and SaturdayMichael Bloomberg to speak Saturday morningHOUSTON — (May 9, 2018) — Rice University’s commencement ceremonies will be held May 11 and 12.EVENT: Rice University’s 105th commencement. On Friday night, undergraduate students will cross the stage to receive diploma tubes and be congratulated; the commencement address will be presented Saturday morning and degrees will be conferred to the group as a whole. Students will NOT walk across the stage to receive diplomas Saturday; Friday night is the only photo op for students crossing the stage. Fireworks will light up the sky after Friday night’s ceremony.DATE: Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12.TIME: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.SPEAKER FOR SATURDAY MORNING: Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg, the CEO and president of Bloomberg LP, a global information and technology company that includes Bloomberg News. He served as New York City’s mayor for three consecutive terms, the first of which began less than two months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.LOCATION: Outdoors on Rice’s Academic Quadrangle west of Lovett Hall (rain location: Tudor Fieldhouse), 6100 Main St. Photographers must check in at Lovett Hall, Room 103B, to get a black robe required for access to the quadrangle and instructions for where they are allowed to take pictures and video. Room 103B in Lovett Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday.PARKING: News media must use Entrance 27B on Sunset Boulevard (west of Main Street) and park along the right side of the road by the Student Health Center. Call 713-419-9980 to request a Media Parking Pass for admission through Entrance 27B.CAMPUS MAP: http://www.rice.edu/maps/Rice-University-Color-Campus-Map.pdf. (Look for the red circle with No. 22 for the road where media can park.)-30-Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.