University holds 364th commencement

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns delivered the keynote address to those assembled in the Bryce Jordan Center for the College of Communications spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15. Burns spoke to the new graduates about their role in the future as communicators, and was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from President Graham B. Spanier during the proceedings.

Journalist and author Ron Suskind, and Peter C. Agre, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology and director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, also received honorary degrees. Suskind spoke at the College of the Liberal Arts commencement ceremony, and Agre spoke at the Eberly College of Science ceremony.

Overall, the University has held 35 commencement ceremonies, including 13 at University Park. This weekend marked the 364th commencement exercise in Penn State’s history. University-wide, 12,413 students graduated – 582 with associate degrees; 10,106 with baccalaureate degrees; 1,167 with graduate degrees; 148 with medical degrees; and 195 with law degrees. Since its founding, Penn State has awarded more than 666,000 degrees.

For photos from the College of Communications commencement ceremony, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2269 online.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010