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UGA to hold summer Commencement ceremony Aug. 2

Athens, Ga. – Approximately 1,499 students—708 undergraduate, 573 masters and specialist and 218 doctoral candidates—are eligible to walk in the University of Georgia’s summer Commencement ceremony Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Tickets are not required.

UGA alumna Inez Moore Tenenbaum, the ninth chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, will give the address at the combined Commencement.

Tenenbaum oversees the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates the manufacture and sale of thousands of consumer products within its jurisdiction and is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with product use.

The commission’s ongoing efforts include the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008—which require the lowest lead limits for children’s products in the world, limits the use of certain phthalates, sets mandatory standards for toys and toxic metals and calls for continuous testing of children’s products. Other agency focuses are prevention of death and injuries from window coverings, youth sports, button batteries, high-powered magnets, recreational all-terrain vehicles, gel fuels, table saws, pool drowning and drain entrapment.

Tenenbaum’s term as chairman started in June 2009 and ends this fall.

She received two degrees from UGA—her bachelor’s degree in 1972 and her master’s degree in education in 1974. Before pursuing a law degree from the University of South Carolina, which she obtained in 1986, Tenenbaum served as director of research for the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

She practiced health, environmental and public interest law with Sinkler and Boyd, P.A. from 1986-1991 and was elected South Carolina’s state superintendent of education in 1998, a position she held until 2007. She is married to Samuel J. Tenenbaum.

UGA’s Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the university and Charter cable systems. It also will be streamed live at No backpacks, bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches or unopened packages will be allowed at the ceremony.

Because Commencement falls on a Friday, a routine UGA workday, parking patterns on South Campus near the coliseum will be adjusted. The South Campus parking deck (S-11), Carlton Street parking deck (S-15) and Foley Field/Magill Tennis Complex lot (S-14) will be open at no charge for visitors and guests. The Hoke Smith parking lot (S-12) and sections of the Coverdell lot (S-16) will be reserved for handicapped guests with proper placards. The McPhaul Center lot (S-10) will be reserved for members of the Commencement platform party.

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