Moraga, Calif. (May 18, 2004) - About 660 students will celebrate their graduation from Saint Mary's College of California during the 141st annual Commencement at 9:30 a.m. on May 22, 2004 at the College Stadium.

Maryann Therese Ferris was named this year's class valedictorian and will give the valedictory address during the ceremony. Ferris was selected to represent the Class of 2004 from a group of top Saint Mary's College students by a panel including the leaders of the senior class, faculty and administration.

George Schmitt, who graduated from Saint Mary's College in 1965 and currently serves on the Board of Regents, will give the Commencement address. Schmitt has spent 35 years working in the telecommunications industry, most recently establishing cellular networks across the world.

Graduation for students in Saint Mary's College master's and doctoral programs will take place Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m.

For other information on graduation awards and the Undergraduate Commencement schedule, please visit: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/commencement/

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Saint Mary's College of California, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. An outstanding faculty brings these traditions to life. The College enrolls 2,494 traditional undergraduates and more than 2,000 students in adult education and graduate programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school. Saint Mary's is located in Moraga, 20 miles east of San Francisco.

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