Cedar Rapids native, composer Michael Daugherty to deliver special musical commencement address at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2012-04-23 12:17:40 - General

Composer, musician and educator Michael Daugherty will give a special musical commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree on Sunday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Coe College.

Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded composers on the American concert music scene. The oldest of five brothers who are all professional musicians, Daugherty is a native of Cedar Rapids. Since 1991, he has served as professor of composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor. He has received numerous awards, distinctions and fellowships for his music.

At Coe, Daugherty will serve as guest conductor for the Coe Concert Band in a performance of his composition of "Red Cape Tango" from "Metropolis Symphony." In 2011, the Nashville Symphony's Naxos recording of Daugherty's "Metropolis Symphony" and "Deus ex Machina" was honored with three GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Baccalaureate will be held on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The baccalaureate speaker is the Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes Jr., the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor of Homiletics at Union Seminary in New York City.

Forbes is a well-known preacher whose unique style has captured the minds and hearts of listeners for decades. In national and international religious circles, Forbes is known as the preacher's preacher because of his extensive preaching career and charismatic style. He is the senior pastor emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City.

Forbes will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at commencement.

Degrees to be conferred at commencement
At Coe’s commencement, President James Phifer will confer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on 290 graduates.  Other special recognition will include the C.J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Schedule of events
Saturday, May 5
10 a.m. - Academic Honors Convocation in Dows Theatre.
1 p.m. - Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony in Dows Theatre.
1:30 p.m. - Phi Beta Kappa initiates will be honored at an induction ceremony in the Perrine Gallery of Stewart Memorial Library.
3 p.m. - Baccalaureate service in Sinclair Memorial Auditorium.

Sunday, May 6
10 a.m. - Graduates will ring the Victory Bell in front of Eby Fieldhouse and then proceed across campus, escorted by the faculty, for the start of commencement exercises on the Stewart Memorial Library mall.  Graduates will be honored at a reception in Gage Memorial Union Dining Hall – The “U” - following commencement.  In case of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will be held in Eby Fieldhouse.

For more information on graduation weekend events, contact the Coe Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (319) 399-8581 or go to www.coe.edu.