Monday, January 14, 2013
Clemson University awarded 1,200 degrees Thursday, including the nation’s first Ph.D. in automotive engineering earned by a woman and an honorary degree to a former astronaut.
Ala Qattawi made history when she walked across the stage to receive her doctorate in automotive engineering and congratulations from President James F. Barker.
Retired Gen. Charles Duke Jr., a former NASA astronaut who was the 10th man to walk on the moon, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree.
Speaking to the graduates, he quoted from the Dr. Seuss story “On Beyond Zebra!” in which Conrad Cornelius O’Donnell O’Dell is teaching a young friend the alphabet. When he reaches the letter Z, he draws a new letter “he had never dreamed of before,” according to the story.
“Most of my life I’ve lived beyond Z,” said Duke, who went to the Naval Academy, then the Air Force before entering the Apollo program.
“No matter what career you’ve chosen, you need to look beyond Z; to seek new knowledge, stay current with technologies, set long-term goals to persevere,” Duke said.
“It is up to each of us to build a better world,” he said. “You’ll be amazed at what you’re going to do.”
Barker, in his remarks to the graduates, told them the world needs their enthusiasm, creativity and intellectual courage.
He also told them: “Remember that information is not the same stuff as knowledge, and knowledge is not the same stuff as wisdom. Always seek wisdom.”
At the ceremony, Windsor Sherill, professor of public health sciences, received the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence. It is presented to a faculty member whose contributions are judged by their peers to represent the highest achievement and contribution to the university and students.
Barker also awarded posthumous bachelor’s degrees to two students who died this fall in car accidents: Kohleigh Michelle Hunt of Seneca, a senior graphic communications major who died Oct. 21; and Tyler Sands of Exton, Pa., a senior in financial management who died Oct. 16.
The Dec. 20 Clemson University graduation included students from the greater Summerville area:
• Sarah Ann Crawford of Ladson, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
• Morgan Laine Fleischauer of North Charleston, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Packaging Science
• Greyson Thomas Kerley of North Charleston, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences
• Tony Ucaro Nguyen of North Charleston, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
• Jacqueline Marie Seymour of North Charleston, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
• Melissa Rea Appleman of Summerville, who graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (Therapeutic Recreation)
• James Watkins Berry of Summerville, who graduated with a Master of Science in Biosystems Engineering
• Travis Gary Cartee of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
• Joshua David Coffman of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
• Sarah Ellin Edwards of Summerville, who graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science
• Danielle Leigh Hicks of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
• Joshua Nathaniel Junious II of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
• Michael Matthew Kelly of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
• Christina Marie Kent of Summerville, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology
• Patrick Ryan Logan of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
• Michael Ryan Resler of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Writing and Publication Studies)
• Austin Glenn Savage of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management)
• Zachary Michael Shaffer of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics
• Blair Louise Smith of Summerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Health Promotion and Education)
In all, 1,200 students received degrees at two winter graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Graduates in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; and College of Engineering and Science received their degrees at a morning ceremony. Those from the College of Business and Behavioral Science and the College of Health Education and Human Development received theirs in the afternoon ceremony.
Ranked No. 25 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.
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