From the President:
Nevada’s ultimate outcome
Our recent Commencement ceremonies were splendid experiences with our School of Medicine in Lawlor on Friday afternoon, May 16, followed by the graduate ceremony later that afternoon and our undergraduate ceremony the next morning. The size of our graduating classes and our desire to call everyone's name has made multiple ceremonies necessary.
During the ceremonies, we honored 47 graduates from the School of Medicine, an additional 490 candidates for advanced degrees, and more than 1,000 bachelor's degree candidates.
We honored Joe Crowley, president emeritus, and Gerald C. Smith, Nell J. Redfield Foundation Chair, with honorary doctoral degrees, both powerfully deserving for their support of the university. Former system regent Dorothy Gallagher, her husband and longtime Elko dentist Dr. Thomas Gallagher, and the late Albert Abraham Michelson, Nevada's first Nobel Laureate, were honored with the Distinguished Nevadan Award for their contributions to the state.
Sadly, but with great pride, we honored the late Travis Linn with the President's Medal. Travis was the first dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism. Our campus still mourns the loss of this irreplaceable newsman and colleague this past January. Provost John Frederick said of him: "Travis was a lover of stories ... but the greatest story was Travis himself."
The joy of learning came through in the many days leading to graduation at our Honor the Best Ceremony for faculty, staff, and students and the Senior Scholars luncheon sponsored by the Alumni Association. Almost all of those undergraduates expressed a wish to continue their education in graduate and professional schools as did the five who were selected as recipients of the institution's top academic honor, the Herz Gold Medal.
Jared Wagner from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, has been accepted at the University of Michigan's School of Medicine, but first he will teach English in Taiwan for one year. Ross Kohlmoos, from the College of Engineering, at age 19 plans to pursue a master's degree in electrical engineering. Erin Hood, from the School of Medicine, plans to enter the university's master's program in speech pathology.
Mark Dunagan, from the College of Arts & Science, hopes to enter the law profession. Jessica Escobar, a dual major in anthropology and French, will be entering the University of Chicago's graduate program in anthropology with a concentration in human rights. Jennifer Stafford, who completed a degree in biochemistry, will be entering our School of Medicine in the fall.
This honor roll represents just a few examples of what my colleagues and I witnessed during Commencement week. As our students began their new lives, they took time to wax nostalgic while they looked south to the porch of Morrill Hall where our 50th anniversary alumni were welcomed back. That porch won't be big enough when this year's class returns for its 50th.