TOWSON, Md. (May 19, 2008) —Towson University awarded approximately 2,027 baccalaureate degrees, 547 master’s degrees and 15 doctoral degrees at its 143rd Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, May 21, Thursday, May 22, and Friday, May 23, at the Towson Center Arena on the TU campus.
Edward V. Badolato, a TU alumnus who has been recognized as one of the world’s foremost homeland security experts, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the May 21 exercises for the College of Education. In 2005 Badolato received the Patriotism Award for Homeland Security Services from President George W. Bush. Edward Badolato is a resident of Falls Church, Va.
Commencement also marks the 50th anniversary of graduate education at TU. The university launched its first graduate program, the Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.), in 1958. The first M.Ed. recipients graduated in 1960. TU has conferred 16,390 master’s degrees between 1960 and 2007, as well as 32 doctoral degrees.
Among this spring’s TU graduates are 681 recipients of Latin Honors, including 340 Cum Laude, 182 Magna Cum Laude and 159 Summa Cum Laude. The graduating class includes 78 Honors College graduates and 23 recipients of departmental honors.
Towson University awarded 98,178 bachelor’s degrees between 1866—when it opened its doors as the Maryland State Normal School—
and 2007. The university has conferred 16,390 master’s degrees between 1960 and 2007, as well as 32 doctoral degrees between 2004 and 2007. In all, the institution has awarded 114,600 degrees.