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In the final installment of our series on the UA's Class of 2017, we introduce a veteran who made rescues during Hurricane Katrina, a mining engineer with humble Chinese origins, a researcher intrigued by how Tibetan Buddhist monks study Western science and an international percussionist.
The leader of the OSIRIS-REx space mission will be recognized Friday during the UA's Commencement, and he also is being honored as College of Humanities Alumnus of the Year.
Researcher Christina Morrison, who graduates Friday with a degree in engineering, has been trying to find a way for astronauts to do their laundry in space without using water.
In the first installment of a two-part series before Commencement, we introduce a Navajo Gates Millennium Scholar studying diabetes, a planetary scientist who published on Pluto's subsurface ocean, a UA Online graduate planning to be a chaplain and a filmmaker fascinated by the border region.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart will confer about 6,800 degrees, including 4,600 undergraduate degrees, on May 12. The ceremony's featured speaker, former NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr., will receive an honorary degree, and a crowd of 40,000 guests is expected.
Seven from the UA's Class of 2017 will be celebrated on May 12 for their integrity, accomplishments, and contributions to family and community. They include a student who was homeless, another who overcame language and cultural barriers, a single mother and an Air Force veteran.
The UA will recognize former astronaut and NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr., along with the CEO of a community development corporation and three others.
Stacy Howard, who will earn her UA degree from the School of Theatre, Film and Television in May, is one of three students awarded a national Vision Maker Media internship.
Due to rapidly changing workforce demands, many colleges and universities are modifying organizational structures to better prepare graduates, says Melissa Vito, a UA senior VP.
A group of emerging filmmakers, all graduating UA seniors, will present films that explore themes relating to topics that include friendship, young love, social issues and family traditions.