NC State mints 3,400 new graduates

December 19, 2011

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More than 3,400 new NC State graduates turned their tassels during fall commencement ceremonies Saturday morning at the RBC Center.

“NC State is a great university known for the high quality of education we provide our students. The combined strength of our accomplished faculty, our committed staff, our talented students and our dedicated alumni is evident across all of our disciplines. Graduation is a time to celebrate that strength and reflect on the people who have made it possible.” NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson said.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, a Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist and NC State alumnus, delivered the commencement address. Woodson conferred honorary degrees on behalf of NC State to Pachauri; Robert G. Stanton, senior advisor to the secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior; and the Rev. Ray A. Buchanan, co-founder and international president of Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency.

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The official commencement platform party program. Honorary degrees await the start of commencement. Sheet music for the The Amalgam Brass Ensemble. A marshall peeks out between college banners as graduates file into the arena. Robert G. Stanton, Chancellor Randy Woodson, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and Rev. Ray A. Buchanan pose for photos prior to commencement. Faculty member Dr. Bill Hunt waves to family in the RBC Center crowd as he enters the arena. Navy ROTC graduates enter the RBC Center for Winter Commencement. Undergraduates file into the RBC Center. Graduate student waves to family and friends. Graduate student snaps a quick photo as the chancellor speaks. Dr. Tom Stafford chats with valedictorians before the start of the ceremony. Graduate student happily waves to family sitting in the RBC Center crowd. Student body president Chandler Thompson leads the Board of Trustees into the RBC Center. Chancellor Randy Woodson smiles as he enters the RBC Center for the 2011 winter commencement. A grad student takes a quick photo of the graduation speaker. Dr. Tom Stafford leads everyone in a A valedictorian is ready to make the leap from undergraduate to graduate along with his colorful paratrooper army men. Board of Trustees chair Barbara Mulkey speaks to the graduates. Board of Governors member and NC State alumnus David Powers congratulates the new grads. Chancellor Randy Woodson (left) congratulates Rev. Ray A. Buchanan, co-founder and international president of Stop Hunger Now, on his honorary degree. Robert G. Stanton, senior advisor to the secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, laughs as Barbara Mulkey adorns him with his honorary sash. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, a Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist and NC State alumnus, will delivers the commencement address. Interpreter signs a speech for the hearing impaired. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist, class of 1972 and 1974 The Ladies in Red perform a musical interlude. Provost Warwick Arden congratulates a new graduate as he walks across the RBC Center stage. A sea of red mortar boards and gowns at the 2011 winter commencement. A graduate and his unique mortar board decor. Families and friends listen to the graduation speech. A graduate throws up the Wolf hand salute. A mom takes photos of her ROTC graduating son during commencement. Graduates smile as they are officially recognized as having fulfilled the requirements needed to receive their degrees. A lone graduate stands and gives the wolf hand salute on the RBC jumbotron. Students await word that they are officially graduates of NC State. Student speaker Lindsey Pullum gives her address to the RBC Center crowd. NC State's most recent graduate class, December 2011 Alumni Assocation board chair Judi Grainger welcomes the Class of 2011 to the ranks of new alumni.