News: 2013, July 29th


483 graduate degrees to be awarded at summer graduation


Auburn University will award 483 graduate degrees during the university’s two graduation ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 3, in Auburn Arena.

Of the degrees to be awarded, 362 are master’s degrees, 98 are doctorates and 23 are education specialist degrees.

Thom Gossom Jr., the first black athlete to graduate from Auburn University, will be the speaker at the commencement ceremonies.

Gossom, a native of Birmingham, is an actor, writer and communications consultant. He has appeared in numerous feature films and television shows and he chronicled his role in collegiate football history in his memoir, “Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey To Integration.”

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; and Sciences and Mathematics. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for the colleges and schools of Agriculture; Business; Education; Human Sciences; and Nursing.

The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university’s website at

Since awarding its first graduate degree in 1870, the Graduate School has awarded more than 42,000 degrees.

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