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Clarkson to award 700 degrees on May 11

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POTSDAM - More than 700 Clarkson University students will be granted bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at commencement ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. May 11 in the Cheel Arena.

An additional 250 students received degrees at a winter ceremony.

The weekend will also be marked by the commissioning of United States Army and Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) cadets at 4 p.m. Friday,

Receiving honorary degrees and addressing students, families and guests will be Wanda M. Austin, president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Corporation, and Mark P. Sarkisian, director of seismic and structural engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

During the commencement ceremony, faculty members will be honored with the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award and the Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award.

The Levinus Clarkson Award and the Frederica Clarkson Award will be bestowed upon two students, respectively, who have demonstrated unsurpassed scholarship and promise of outstanding academic achievement.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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