UNO Celebrates Fall 2012 Commencement

The University of New Orleans conferred 858 academic degrees at a commencement ceremony on Saturday at the Lakefront Arena. The graduates, clad in traditional black robes, hailed from 43 states and 55 countries. UNO President Peter J. Fos presided over the ceremony and awarded diplomas.

Henry Bernstein, a former attorney, received an honorary degree from the University. Bernstein, who was a partner with the New Orleans law firm of Milling, Benson and Woodard, taught business law from 1990 to 2012 as an adjunct professor in UNO's Department of Management. He has served for many years on the board of directors and as president of the New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center and has been a volunteer with the Vieux Carre Commission and other nonprofit groups, working to improve and preserve the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. served as keynote speaker. Scheuermann, who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1986 from UNO, has received numerous awards and honors throughout his esteemed career, including NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, which he received in 2006 for leading recovery efforts at Michoud following Hurricane Katrina, and NASA's Exceptional Service Medal in 2001, cited for demonstrating substantial improvement in engineering, aeronautics, space flight and space-related endeavors.

UNO Senate Faculty President Dinah M. Payne, a professor of management, carried the University Mace, a symbol of authority in the procession and recession.



Commencement 2012
Commencement 2012
Commencement 2012
Commencement 2012