Carroll University to Present Dr. Robert Ballard With Honorary Doctorate at Commencement Ceremony

Author: Kelly Gehringer

Published Date: 4/14/2022

Categories: Students University News

Dr. Robert Ballard, Carroll’s 2022 Commencement speaker 

Carroll University will recognize Dr. Robert Ballard with an honorary doctorate degree at its undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.  

Best known for his 1985 discovery of the sunken remains of the RMS Titanic, Dr. Ballard is a renowned deep-sea explorer, scholar of underwater archaeology, distinguished professor of oceanography and retired American naval officer. He has many outstanding lifetime achievements, including the discovery of hydrothermal vents and the development of deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems.  

Dr. Ballard succeeded in uncovering numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the battleship Bismarck in 1989, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998 and the wreck of John F. Kennedy's PT-109 in 2002. He has taken part in more than 155 deep-sea expeditions throughout his career. Today, Dr. Ballard is an explorer-in-residence at National Geographic and continues to lead oceanic expeditions. 

When Dr. Ballard delivers the Commencement address to Carroll’s 2022 graduating class, he will be presented with an honorary doctorate.  

“It is our privilege to honor Dr. Ballard for his numerous contributions to history,” said President Cindy Gnadinger. “He is a true pioneer, and Carroll is thrilled to acknowledge his lifelong accomplishments in maritime archaeology, engineering, oceanography and beyond.” 

As Carroll’s 2022 graduates gather to celebrate Commencement, Dr. Ballard will share his words of wisdom regarding “living the dream.” 

Carroll’s Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. on Main Lawn (100 N East Ave). This event celebrates the founding of Carroll’s 175th academic year.  

Approximately 741 graduates will receive diplomas at Carroll’s Commencement ceremonies, including 526 expected to earn bachelor’s degrees, 143 expected to earn master’s degrees, and 72 expected to earn Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. 

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