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Students Receive Degrees at NC State’s Fall Commencement Ceremonies

North Carolina State University Chancellor James Oblinger conferred 2,917 degrees on 2,789 graduating students when the university held its 2008 Fall Commencement on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

Bill Cowher, Super Bowl-winning coach and NC State alumnus, delivered the commencement address. Candidates for degrees were from 90 North Carolina counties, 30 other states or U.S. territories and 39 foreign countries. NC State holds graduation ceremonies each year in the spring and fall.

Oblinger also conferred two honorary degrees on behalf of NC State. The degree recipients were Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a leader in the effort to assist minority and low-income students in academic achievement, and Dr. Carl E. Wieman, a Nobel Prize-winning professor of physics at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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NOTE: The names of NC State’s December 2008 degree candidates are not attached to this release. You can obtain them on the Web at

If you do not have access to the Web, call NC State News Services at 919/515-3470 and we will mail, fax or e-mail you the list of graduates for your area. To access the names of local students from the Web site, log onto the address listed above, click on North Carolina and then use the drop-down list to find the counties within your coverage area. This will take to you an alphabetical listing of graduates.

If a graduate’s hometown address is not listed under the appropriate county, it is because the graduate originally established residency in the county listed, but has changed his or her mailing address for grades. Also, the names of students with privacy blocks on their personal information are not included in the Web list. Graduates’ fields of study are indicated by two- or three-letter codes. Students with more than one code earned degrees in more than one field. You can find a list of the codes, and the fields of study they designate, on the Web at Click on either undergraduate or graduate curricula in the right-hand column.

If you experience problems with this format, please call us at 919/515-3470 or e-mail us at

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