Commencement features record-setting 10 doctorates

Ceremony held Sunday, Jan. 8

TOWSON, Md. (Jan. 3, 2006) -- Towson University conferred 1,454 baccalaureate degrees, 501 master’s degrees and 10 doctoral degrees at its 141st Commencement Exercises on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Towson Center. 

That number includes a record-setting 10 doctorates: nine Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degrees and TU's first Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology.


Mark I. Whitman, professor emeritus of history, received the 2006 President’s Award for Distinguished Service to the University. President Robert L. Caret honored Whitman, a Baltimore native, for his exemplary contributions during his 38 years at TU.

The commencement also marked the university’s 140th anniversary. The Maryland State Normal School–now Towson University–opened in Baltimore in 1866 as the state’s first institution dedicated to preparing public-school teachers. Its first class graduated in June 1866.

Among Sunday’s graduates were 326 recipients of Latin honors, including 185 Cum Laude, 74 Magna Cum Laude and 67 Summa Cum Laude, as well as 22 Honors College graduates.

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