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Graduation Spring 2005

This article was originally published in the June - July 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

On April 30, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the first time held two commencement ceremonies—one for undergraduates and another for graduate students—due to the college’s expanding size.

More than 1,800 CLAS students received degrees, with 300 earning a master’s or doctorate. The college honored its outstanding students and faculty at a morning ceremony for undergraduates, while later that night a more intimate group gathered at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to honor graduate students.

The college presented 1974 political science PhD graduate Byong Man Ahn (right) with a UF Distinguished Alumnus Award during the graduate commencement ceremony.

The college presented 1974 political science PhD graduate Byong Man Ahn (right) with a UF Distinguished Alumnus Award during the graduate commencement ceremony. Ahn, who serves as president of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, was also the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

Mathematics Professor John Thompson (right) was honored by CLAS Dean Neil Sullivan with the college’s first CLAS Distinguished Scholar Award during the graduate ceremony.

Mathematics Professor John Thompson (right) was honored by CLAS Dean Neil Sullivan with the college’s first CLAS Distinguished Scholar Award during the graduate ceremony. The college created the award this year to honor the lifetime achievements of outstanding faculty members. Thompson, who came to UF in 1993, received the Fields Medal in 1970 and the National Medal of Science in 2001.

Seven CLAS undergraduates were honored as UF Outstanding Female and Male Leaders, chosen by a campus-wide selection committee for the quality and scope of their leadership activities during the course of their undergraduate careers

Seven CLAS undergraduates were honored as UF Outstanding Female and Male Leaders, chosen by a campus-wide selection committee for the quality and scope of their leadership activities during the course of their undergraduate careers. Pictured, from left to right, are: Jamal Sowell, religion; Ariel Stein, political science; Kristen Detwiler, chemistry and criminology; Dean Sullivan; Michael McNerney, former president of the UF Alumni Association; David Duncan, chemistry; and Carin Brown, English and political science.

Several of the CLAS Teachers and Advisors of the Year attended commencement and were recognized during the ceremony.
Several of the CLAS Teachers and Advisors of the Year attended commencement and were recognized during the ceremony. From left to right are: Masangu Matondo, African and Asian languages and literatures; Walter Judd, botany; Dean Sullivan; Sharon Austin, political science; and Jessica Harland-Jacobs, history. Austin was recently named the UF Advisor of the Year, and Harland-Jacobs received a UF Teacher of the Year Award.

For the third year, the Crawford Celtic House led the CLAS undergraduate processional as the sound of bagpipes echoed through the crowded O’Connell Center.

For the third year, the Crawford Celtic House led the CLAS undergraduate processional as the sound of bagpipes echoed through the crowded O’Connell Center.

—Buffy Lockette

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