CSC News

December 21, 2007

174 Receive Degrees in Fall Diploma Ceremony

On December 19, 2007, approximately 1,200 relatives and guests watched in pride as 174 degrees were conferred by the department during our Fall Diploma Ceremony held in the beautiful Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. 
This graduating class included 9 PhDs, 87 MS degrees, and 78 BS degrees, expanding the department’s alumni base to over 5,200.  The class also included six Valedictorians (perfect 4.0 GPA), three Computer Science Honors Program participants, and numerous members of a variety of scholastic honor societies.
Every graduating class is filled with special stories, and this class is no exception.  The hearts of those in attendance were warmed with many small glimpses into inspirational life stories.  Among them were Jeanette Dumas, who found a way to attain her degree after balancing her role as a mother and care provider for her family for many years, and James Howard, who came back to complete his degree after serving his country overseas in the military.

Dr. Mladen Vouk, department head, professor, and Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology, congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments.  He cited recent projections of incredible career opportunities in the IT and computer science space and told them they could not have picked a better time to enter the job market with a computer science degree.

Photo of Dr. Vouk and Paul JonesAs the department concludes its 40th year celebrations, it was only fitting to have Paul Jones (B.S. ’72), one of the department’s very first graduates, return to deliver the keynote address.  Jones is the Director of, home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. is a collaboration of the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Special entertainment was provided by local musician, Brent Hubbell.
Special thanks to the department’s ePartners Program for sponsoring this very memorable event.

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