Carolina University will recognize approximately 480
candidates for graduation during commencement exercises Saturday, May 6
at 9 a.m. at the campus Soccer Stadium. May and August candidates will
be recognized. The public is welcome to attend.
The ceremony will be transmitted live over the Internet at:
Sigmund Abeles and John Hope will receive honorary degrees.
Abeles, a world-renowned artist known for his drawings, paintings
and prints, will deliver the commencement address and receive the
honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, Abeles grew up in Myrtle Beach, where his
mother operated a boarding house. Interested in art from an early age,
he frequently visited Brookgreen Gardens throughout his youth and spent
many hours making drawings of the sculptures there. Abeles graduated
from Myrtle Beach High School in 1952 and entered the University of
South Carolina, initially as a pre-medicine major, then switching to
In the summer of 1954, he studied at the Arts Students League in
New York City and had his first solo museum show at the Florence Art
Museum in Florence, S.C., in 1955. He entered the Master's of Fine Arts
program at Columbia University in 1956, graduating the following year.
After a brief stint in the U.S. Army, Abeles accepted the position of
resident artist at Wellesley College, thus beginning his long,
successful second career as a university professor. In addition to
Wellesley, he has taught at Boston College, the Art Students League of
New York, the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Mass., and (for 17
years) the University of New Hampshire, where he is professor emeritus.
Abeles' works have been displayed in solo exhibits throughout the
United States and are part of the permanent collections of more than 30
museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern
Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of
Arts, and the British Museum in London.
A retrospective exhibition of his works is planned for the
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and for Brookgreen
Gardens in 2001. Abeles lives in New York City.
A native of Stowell, Penn., Hope is Tropical Weather Expert
for The Weather Channel. During his 50-year career in weather
forecasting, Hope has earned international recognition for his
Hope attended the University of Illinois where he majored in
mathematics. He earned a master's degree in meteorology from the
University of Chicago. His distinguished career in meteorology began in
1941 when he became a weather observer and forecaster in the U.S. Army
Air Corps. He joined the U.S. Weather Bureau in 1949 and was an
aviation forecaster and a district forecaster before becoming a
principle assistant in the Spaceflight Meteorology Group in 1962.
He transferred to the National Hurricane Center in 1968 and was
soon named a senior hurricane specialist. After 37 years in the
National Weather Service, Hope joined The Weather Channel in 1982 as
the tropical coordinator and on-camera meteorologist.
Hope has received many public service awards, including the 1971
U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal, the National Hurricane
Conference Media Award in 1990 and the 1994 Governor's Award from the
Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference. He served as chair of the
Forecasts and Warning Committee of the Hurricane Warning Conference
from 1972 to 1981.
Although officially retired, Hope continues to provide around-the-
clock coverage, as needed, during the annual hurricane season. In
January 2000, The Weather Channel established the John R. Hope
Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences, which is administered by the
American Meteorological Society.
Hope will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service.
In case of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will be
held in Kimbel Arena; a closed-circuit broadcast also will be shown in
the Wheelwright and Wall auditoriums. For more information, contact the
Office of Marketing Communications at 349-2015.