LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More than 2,200 students will graduate from the University of Louisville, which will hold its annual commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12.

    The ceremony will begin at 1:15 p.m. in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Individual schools and colleges will hold their convocation ceremonies at various sites after the main event.

    U of L President John Shumaker will address the students. Also speaking will be Vedra Abdomerovic (ab-doh-mayr’-oh-vich), a chemistry major who was selected to represent the students at this year’s ceremony. Abdomerovic, who will graduate summa cum laude and will enter U of L’s medical school in the fall, was chosen as the outstanding graduate in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Bosnia native also is active in the community, leading a U of L effort to donate books to Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School; more than 900 new books have been donated to the school’s library.

    Louisville educator Mary Rountree and Robert Nardelli, president and chief executive officer of Home Depot, will receive honorary degrees. Rountree will receive a doctor of education degree to honor her lifetime commitment to education. Nardelli will receive an honorary doctor of business administration degree.

    The ceremony will include the awarding of two new U of L doctoral degrees. U of L employee Iris Phillips will receive the first degree given through the doctoral program in social work offered jointly by U of L and the University of Kentucky. Austin Carroll Black will receive the university’s first doctoral degree in audiology.

    A complete calendar of commencement ceremonies and related events is available at: http://www.louisville.edu/commencement/calendar.htm.

    For more information, call John Drees at U of L, (502) 852-6171.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.