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Christine Moitoso
Staff Writer

Memorial Day weekend sets a milestone for both University of La Verne graduates and the commencement speakers who have been chosen from representatives of the La Verne community.

“As part of the committee who chooses the speakers, we try to find people with a message that makes the commencement a memorable event,” said Charles Bentley, public relations director.

“The committee only chooses the graduate and undergraduate speakers,” he added. “The law school and the doctoral program choose amongst themselves.”

Leon Ngoma M. Kintaudi was chosen as the undergraduate speaker for 2005. The former La Verne College alumnus is a medical director for three non-profit health care organizations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Currently in the Congo until next week’s commencement, Kintaudi supervises and educates medical residents and also conducts research on collaborative judgment of the effectiveness of public health initiatives in rural Africa.

“The best part of my life is sharing with others and giving to those who do not have anything,” Kintaudi said.

“Speaking at the commencement gives me an opportunity to share briefly my experiences with the new graduates and this will give me an opportunity to say thank you to those who made what I am today possible,” he added.

Kintaudi said he admits he is nervous and excited at the same time but wants to give a message of encouragement to the graduates as they enter a new phase in their lives.

Chosen graduate speaker Jean Lipman-Blumen is a renowned author and educator. She has written six books, three monographs and more than 70 articles and book contributions. Lipman-Blumen is also a former White House adviser for President Jimmy Carter.

“We want people that relate to our mission statement,” said Richard L. McDowell, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Kintaudi qualifies because he works in Africa and provides medical services to people who need it,” he added. “He is just a successful graduate who has a story to tell. Lipman-Blumen is committed to diversity, building community and commanding leadership. She is a world class leader, scholar, speaker and author.”

Terrence Deal will speak on May 29 to graduates of the doctoral program in organizational leadership. Deal is an educator, author, administrator and former Irving R. Melbo Professor at the University of Southern California.

This La Verne alumnus has consulted for hospitals, businesses, religious orders, banks, military organizations, schools and colleges. Deal was named ULV Alumnus of the Year in 1997.

The University of La Verne College of Law is honored to have Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Carlos R. Moreno speak at their commencement on Sunday.

Justice Moreno was nominated to the California Supreme Court by Governor Gray Davis after the death of Justice Stanley Mosk. Moreno has been a member of the California Judges Association and is past president of the Mexican American Bar Association.

“The law school is so honored to have Justice Moreno because he is one of the legal minds of the country,” Bentley said. “We want people to leave the ceremonies and think what a tremendous speech the keynote speaker gave.”

The undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 28 at Ortmayer stadium and the Doctoral Program graduation is being held on Sunday, May 29 at the Sheraton Fairplex.

The University of La Verne College of Law commencement is the only ceremony that is not being held on that weekend, but it is being held on May 22 in Ontario.

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