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May 13, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Donald Carty, the chairman of American Airlines, will speak at SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business diploma ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in Moody Coliseum, 6024 Airline Rd. The event is significant for Carty because one member of the graduating class will be his son, Michael, who is earning his Master’s in Business Administration degree.

Carty, a member of SMU’s Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business since July 2000, has spoken to graduates before. Last year, he delivered SMU’s 2001 commencement address, speaking on how the trend toward globalization has required integration, yet how integration creates a tension with a personal quest for autonomy.

This year Carty will speak on what a difference a year can make. Many of his remarks will refer to the struggles faced by so many since September 11, and how these struggles will have an effect on the new graduates as they encounter a changed world.

“It is always an honor to be invited to speak at these kinds of momentous occasions,” Carty said, “but being on the platform as my son receives his business degree will truly be an honor for me.”

Michael Carty, 29, says listening to his dad speak at the business school’s ceremony will be special for him, too. “My father always has good advice,” he said. “Since I haven’t had to listen to my dad give many speeches before though, I’ll definitely sit up and pay attention.” Michael said his cousin is graduating as an undergraduate from SMU that day, making the day doubly special.

The Cox School of Business is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by major publications including BusinessWeek, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report. Cox offers a full range of business education programs, from BBA and full-time MBA to Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), and Executive Education. In addition, the school’s Business Leadership Center (BLC), Caruth Institute of Owner-Managed Business, American Airlines Global Leadership Program (GLP), and Associate Board executive mentoring program are recognized nationally and internationally.

SMU is a private, comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 10,000 students and a full-time faculty of more than 500.