NEWS: Video on Rice graduations

To help celebrate the university’s centennial October 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history. Two years ago, storms drove Rice’s commencement ceremony indoors for the first time in 20 years. Weather hasn’t been the only influencing factor on the university’s graduation location; hedges, trees and construction have also played a role. In this week’s Centennial Video Series, Centennial Historian Melissa Kean and Video Producer Brandon Martin take a look back at the various locations that Rice has held its graduation ceremonies. The videos are available on YouTube at http://youtube/RauTAcp3_V8. 

On May 12, Rice will hold its 99th graduation in its Academic Quad, the commencement setting since the 1980s. Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice’s schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences are highly respected.  With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1. Princeton Review has ranked Rice number one for best quality of life multiple times, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Rice number four in “best value” among private universities. 

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