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2024 University of Advancing Technology Commencement Recap

The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) celebrated its 2024 commencement with a memorable ceremony that honored the achievements and hard work of its graduates. The event, filled with inspirational speeches and heartfelt moments, took place on Friday, May 3rd, marking a significant milestone for students and faculty alike.

Highlights of the Ceremony

Stream Recording

For those who could not attend in person, the entire ceremony was live-streamed and is now available for viewing. You can watch the full recording of the commencement here:


Photo Gallery

A collection of photos capturing the special moments of the day is available on Flickr. From candid shots of graduates and their families to the official stage walk, you can view the photo gallery here.


One of the most inspiring moments of the ceremony was the valedictorian speech delivered by Tyler Widener. Tyler's address was a heartfelt reflection on the journey through UAT, the challenges overcome, and the bright future ahead for the graduates. Tyler's story can be watched in full here.


Honorary Doctorates

This year, UAT awarded Honorary Doctorates to three distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of technology and education:

  1. Minky Singh-Kernacs – For her contributions to machine learning algorithms have revolutionized the field, earning her international recognition as a leading expert in artificial intelligence.
  2. Jeri Ellsworth – For her groundbreaking work in hardware development and augmented reality.

These individuals have not only excelled in their respective careers but have also served as inspirations to the graduating class. More details about their accomplishments can be found here.

Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2024 commencement was particularly special as it marked the introduction of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious honor was bestowed upon Ray Todd Blackwood, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to technology and education over the past several decades. Ray Todd Blackwood's work has had a profound impact on the industry, and his legacy continues to inspire future generations. You can learn more about his achievements here.


Closing Remarks

The 2024 UAT commencement ceremony was a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students, faculty, and staff. As the graduates embark on their new journeys, they carry with them the knowledge, skills, and memories from their time at UAT. Congratulations to the class of 2024!