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1. will hold its second winter commencement for graduating students in Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 10 a.m. The ceremony is for both undergraduates and graduate students, awarding about 500 degrees. The keynote speaker is Thomas Kashy, a mathematics professor at the university and author of several books on mathematics, including Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers with Applications, which won the Association of American Publishers’ New Book Award in 2001. Koshy has also received numerous awards, including the 2007 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance in 1988, and the Distinguished Service Award in 1984. He was also named to the 2007 edition of 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century and the 2006-2007 edition of Great Minds of the 21st Century.
2. Framingham Flyers girls hockey team will skate against Needham High at 5 p.m. at .
3. The Infractions will take the stage at tonight at 9. Their music ranges from horn-driven funk and Hip-Hop to contemporary Ska and swing. This seven-member group consists of a four-piece rhythm section and a three-piece horn section. Tickets are $6 at the door.
4. is holding a winter festival today. At 3 p.m., there is a faculty/staff vs student basketball game at the athletic center. A snow sculpture competition was scheduled for 2 p.m., with judging at 4 p.m., in the north hall backyard; with no snow in sight, we are not sure if that is still on.
5. will take the stage at tonight at 8. Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes and original works. Tickets are $18, $17 for students and seniors, $15 members and $9 for children under age 9.