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Record Number to Graduate
at Fall Commencement

Astronaut Steve Swanson to
Receive Honorary Doctoral Degree

NASA astronaut Steven R. Swanson, who will receive an honorary doctoral degree at the 9 a.m. ceremony, earned his master’s degree in computer systems from FAU in 1986.

More than 1,540 of 2,219 eligible students are expected to participate in the fall 2007 commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 14, in the FAU Arena on the Boca Raton campus. It is the largest fall class in FAU’s 43-year history. To accommodate the record number of graduates, their families and friends, three separate ceremonies will be held, with President Brogan officiating. Admission is by ticket only. Those who cannot attend in person can view the ceremonies online at www.fau.edu/webcast.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, the College of Education, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. An honorary doctoral degree will be bestowed upon NASA astronaut Steven R. Swanson, who received his master’s degree in computer systems from FAU in 1986. One year later he joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a systems engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of Johnson Space Center, working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). Last June, Swanson was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis when it made a round trip to the International Space Station, with the mission of delivering a truss segment and new solar arrays. He served as a mission specialist on the 11-day voyage, and carried with him an FAU flag with alumni pins attached. Swanson has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Johnson Space Center Certificate of Accommodation and the Flight Simulation Engineering Award, and he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

The 1:30 ceremony will include graduates of the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

The 6 p.m. ceremony will include graduates of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

The 2,219-member graduating class reflects the wide range of students who pursue degrees at FAU. The oldest graduate is 77 years old, and the three youngest are just 19. Eighty-seven are over the age of 50, and 19 of those graduates are over 60. Seventy-four countries will be represented at the ceremonies, and 98 students will graduate with perfect 4.0 GPAs in all work attempted at FAU. Five graduates will have double reason to celebrate as they will be graduating on their birthday.

 

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