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05-14-2006

More Than 700 Students Receive Degrees at Clarkson's 113th Commencement Ceremony

More than 700 Clarkson University students from 25 states, 17 countries and 61 New York state counties were granted bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Clarkson University's commencement today, May 14. (One hundred and ninety-five additional students received degrees at an earlier ceremony in December.) The weekend was also marked by the commissioning of seven United States Army and nine United States Air Force officers, Saturday, May 13.

Raghunathan Rengaswamy, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Igor Sokolov, assistant professor of physics, both of Potsdam, were recipients of the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award. The $1,500 research account is presented to faculty members who have shown promise in engineering, management, liberal studies, or scientific research.

Assistant Professor of Physics David P. Wick of Potsdam was awarded the Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award. The $1,500 prize is given in recognition of the importance of superior teaching. Candidates are nominated for the award by Clarkson alumni and the final selection is made by a faculty committee.

Senior Adam C. Searleman of Canton was awarded the Levinus Clarkson Award, and senior Daniel F. Marker of Wellsburg, New York, received the Frederica Clarkson Award. Both are $1,000 prizes given to a student who demonstrates the best combination of scholarship and promise of outstanding professional achievement.

In addressing the graduates, Dr. Donald A. Henderson told the class of 2006 select your specialty with care. For 11 years I worked directing the global small pox eradication program. At the end of that time I think I was an international expert in that area  just one problem, there was no more disease. He went on to relate that in his four years serving as the science advisor to President George Herbert Walker Bush he gained an appreciation of how rapidly the pace of biological science was and is continuing to change.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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