Commencement 2006

Posted: May 22, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Commencement procession
Photo by Nicolas Tan

The Fairfax Campus was awash in a sea of green under sunny skies on Saturday as the class of 2006 processed from the Johnson Center to the Patriot Center for Commencement.

The university graduated 6,803 students with 3,843 bachelor’s degrees, 2,505 master’s degrees, 190 doctoral degrees and 265 law degrees.

Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University in New Orleans, was this year’s commencement speaker. He was honored with an honorary doctor of humane letters for the leadership he displayed during the Hurricane Katrina disaster that forced Tulane and many other institutions of higher learning in that region to shut down for several months.

Enrico Garaci, president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanita (ISS), was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree. Throughout his career, Garaci has had a profound influence on the direction of medical research in Italy through his leadership of the ISS and other prestigious organizations. ISS is the primary scientific arm of the Italian National Health Service.

Mason awarded its highest honorary award, the George Mason Medal, to John M. Toups, in recognition of his long and distinguished record of public service. Toups is a George Mason University Foundation trustee emeritus and former foundation chair.

Photo by Nicolas Tan

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