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UAlbany Announces Commencement, December 12
Distinguished Teaching Professor James R. Acker delivers commencement speech

Contact: Michael Parker (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 7, 2004) - The University at Albany’s Winter Commencement will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC) on the uptown campus.

The University will award nearly 1,500 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as 30 advanced certificates

Professor James R. Acker of UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice will give the commencement address. Acker earned the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2004. He has extensive scholarship in areas of the death penalty law and the judicial uses of social science research. He has co-authored a series of articles examining capital punishment legislation, which appears in the Criminal Law Bulletin.

He co-authored, with his daughter Elizabeth, Two Voices on the Legal Rights of America’s Youth (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning) in January, 2004. In the book, Acker and his daughter tackle a variety of legal issues directly relevant to young people, engaging students in a dialogue about such topics as abortion, capital punishment for juvenile defenders and school prayer.

Acker graduated with a J.D. from Duke University in 1976, and earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany in 1987.

MEDIA NOTE: Media are welcome at UAlbany’s commencement ceremonies. Media will have access to most areas of the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC). An area will be roped off at stage left/house right for those that wish to set up tripods, etc. Parking will be available via the RACC bus turnaround - plan to see the UPD officer stationed at the entrance.


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