UAA celebrated the 2,270 graduates of the Class of 2011 on Sunday, May 1 at the 2011 Commencement Ceremony at the George M. Sullivan Arena. Graduate students received their hoods in a special Graduate Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, April 30. Graduates of the Class of 2011 will earn a total of 2,410 degrees or certificates this spring.
Fran Ulmer officially placed the UAA Chancellor's Medallion onto Chancellor Tom Case at the 2011 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 1. Ulmer will serve as Chancellor Case's senior advisor until she retires June 1. Chancellor Case, a retired 3-star Air Force lieutenant general, spent two tours of duty with the Air Force, five years as dean of UAA's College of Business and Public Policy, and three years as president and chief operating officer of a state-owned, independently operated aerospace corporation. Read Tom's full bio here.
Stacie Meisner, student commencement speaker, gave an inspiring speech to her fellow classmates. During her time at UAA, Stacie has taken full advantage of the leadership opportunities that UAA has to offer. She was team captain of the Seawolves' volleyball team for the 2009-10 season—the same year the team brought home the GNAC Championship title. For her hard work on the court and in the classroom, she earned a spot on the 2009 GNAC All-Academic Team. Stacie edits Understory, UAA's undergraduate creative arts journal, and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. She also works as a reading and writing tutor for the UAA Learning Resource Center. After earning her B.A. in English this spring, Stacie will start the M.A. in English program this fall and will work as the volleyball team's graduate assistant.
Four prominent leaders were recognized for their many achievements and contributions in service to Alaska, to learning and to humankind: Edwin "Ed" Crittenden, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; Sandy Harper, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts; John Hoover, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts; and Daniel Inouye, Honorary Doctor of Law.
Many years of outstanding service to the University and its students were gratefully recognized with the conferring of emeriti status: Dennis Clark, Director Emeritus of History, Mat-Su College; Donald Davis, Professor Emeritus of Geomatics, School of Engineering; and Ronald Haney, Professor Emeritus of Aviation Technology, Community and Technical College; and James Liszka, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences.
UAA also honored Carla Beam, Michael Carey, Mary Epperson and Richard Neubauer with Meritorious Service Awards.