The graduates were from 33 states, the District of Columbia and 20 countries.
M. Ishaq Nadiri, Jay Gould Professor of Economics at New York University, delivered the Dec. 19 commencement address “Some Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization” at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nadiri, a former senior economic adviser to the president of Afghanistan, stressed the importance of the United States in an increasingly globalized world.
“The U.S. is a gift to humanity, and people should understand that the ideas, the vigor, the generosity of the Americans are extremely important for the world,” he said. “We need to lead in this area, and you, the graduates, will be an extremely important part of that development.”
Nadiri also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from UNL.
Tammy Beck, associate dean of graduate programs and external engagement, and associate professor of management in the College of Business Administration, delivered the address at the Dec. 18 graduate and professional degrees ceremony at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Deryl Hamann, of counsel at Omaha law firm Baird Holm and chairman and director of Spectrum Financial Services, addressed the law graduates on Dec. 18 in Hamann Auditorium in Ross McCollum Hall.
The December graduating class earned 86 doctoral degrees, 182 masters degrees, 12 law degrees and 1,133 baccalaureate degrees.
Since its founding in 1869, UNL has awarded 274,319 degrees.