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Join Us for Spring 2005 Graduation

This article was originally published in the April - May 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

Byong Man AhnCLAS Dean Neil Sullivan invites all faculty, staff and students to attend the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2005 commencement ceremonies. For the first time, the college will hold two ceremonies. The undergraduate commencement takes place Saturday, April 30 at 9 am in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The CLAS Hall of Fame, CLAS valedictorians, CLAS Teachers and Advisors of the Year and UF Outstanding Leaders and Scholars will be recognized.

The CLAS graduate ceremony honoring master's and PhD students is at 7 pm on April 30 in the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The college will present 1974 political science PhD graduate Byong Man Ahn with a UF Distinguished Alumni Award, and Ahn will be the ceremony's keynote speaker.

Ahn is recognized as a national leader in South Korea and throughout the world for his innovative approach to language instruction and research. He is currently the president of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, one of the premier institutions of higher education in Korea. He is the first president elected to serve a second four-year term, and during his tenure he has developed top-notch programs, including the Department of Information and Communication, the Graduate School of Global Business and the Campus Faculty Research Center.

The college also will present the first CLAS Distinguished Scholar Award to UF Graduate Research Professor of Mathematics John Thompson at the evening ceremony. Dean Sullivan created the award to honor the lifetime achievements of outstanding faculty members.

Thompson, who came to UF in 1993, received the Fields Medal in 1970, the highest prize in mathematics, equivalent in prestige to the Nobel Prize. In 2001, former US President Bill Clinton presented Thompson with the National Medal of Science in a special ceremony at the White House. According to the National Science Foundation, which administers the awards, Thompson is "considered a world leader in algebra and a foremost group theorist."

If you have questions about the CLAS commencement ceremonies, please visit www.clas.ufl.edu/ events/commencement/spring or call the dean's office at 392-0780.

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Courtesy Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

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