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Nearly 600 Students Receive Degrees at Clarkson University's 115th Commencement Ceremony

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Nearly 600 Clarkson University students from 19 states, 35 countries and 56 New York state counties were granted bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Clarkson University's commencement today, Sunday, May 11. (Nearly 200 additional students received degrees at an earlier ceremony in December.) The weekend was also marked by the commissioning of United States Army and United States Air Force officers on Saturday.

Receiving honorary degrees and making short addresses were Ray C. Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface Inc., and Sophie V. Vandebroek, Xerox chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group. 600 students receive degrees

In addressing the graduates, Anderson, told the class of 2007, "You have an opportunity to jump-start your own quest for sustainable living, because you have heard the word, environment countless times, and are already sensitized to the plight of the Earth... Your generation does not have the luxury of waiting until you are 60, because my generation has frittered away all of the slack in the time line for action. For that I ask your forgiveness.... The day could come when it would be too late. I implore you, don't let that day come. Act! Get involved! Act. Act. Act. So you are not standing here 52 years from now, asking forgiveness; but rather are celebrating a sustainable Earth."

Stephanie A. Schuckers, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, was the recipient 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, business, liberal arts or scientific research."

Ruth E. Baltus, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, 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.

Niall M. Mangan of McAllen, Texas, was awarded the Levinus Clarkson Award, and senior Christy D. Petruczok of Orchard Park, N.Y., 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."

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

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