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Honorary Degrees

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An honorary degree from Clarkson University recognizes individuals who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to an academic discipline or to society. Recipients of honorary degrees reflect the University's high ideals and values, and exemplify the concepts of excellence, service, and integrity. These degrees recognize distinguished scholarship and accomplishments in the professions, sciences, arts, humanities, public service, and service to humanity.

All members of the Clarkson community are encouraged to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients. Up to five highly qualified candidates may be selected as honorary degree recipients for each commencement day using the procedures outlined in our Honorary Degree Policy.

2013 Honorary Degree recipients

Wanda Austin  

Wanda M. Austin is president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security space programs. She is internationally recognized for her work in satellite and payload system acquisition, systems engineering, and system simulation. Austin served on President Obama’s Review of Human Spaceflight Plans Committee in 2009 and in 2010 was appointed to the Defense Science Board.

Mark Sarkisian  

Mark P. Sarkisian is the director of seismic and structural engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Sarkisian’s career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for more than 100 major building projects around the world, including the 421-meter-tall Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China; the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China; the 412-meter-tall Al Hamra Fidrous Tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait; and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California.