Fashion executive, Jet Blue corporate officer to speak at Auburn University spring commencement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two successful corporate executives will be guest speakers at Auburn University on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, during spring commencement in the Auburn Arena, where approximately 3,359 new graduates will receive diplomas.

Commencement ceremonies will be streamed online, and can also be viewed on mobile devices through the website or the Ustream app.

Dawn Robertson, president of Nygard International, a privately owned Canadian women’s fashion apparel wholesale and retail company, will speak Saturday at a 10 a.m. ceremony for the colleges of Education, Human Sciences and Architecture, Design and Construction and a 2 p.m. ceremony for the colleges of Agriculture and Business.

Rob Maruster, chief operating officer of JetBlue Airways, will speak Sunday at a 1 p.m. ceremony for the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and at a 5 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the School of Nursing and programs of interdisciplinary studies.

The James Harrison School of Pharmacy and the College of Veterinary Medicine, both professional schools, will award diplomas on Tuesday, May 7, at the Auburn Arena, with the Pharmacy ceremony at 10 a.m. and the Veterinary Medicine ceremony at 6 p.m.

Robertson graduated from Auburn in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. She began her retail career at Macy’s in Atlanta. Before joining Nygard International, she held executive management positions on a global scale at major companies, including president at Old Navy, and managing director of Myer Department Stores, the largest store in Australia.

Maruster graduated from Auburn with a degree in political science in 1993 and later received an M.B.A. from Emory University. He joined JetBlue in 2005 after a 12-year career with Delta Air Lines. JetBlue began operations from its base at Kennedy International Airport in New York in 2000 and serves 77 destinations across the United States, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

At its spring commencement ceremonies, Auburn University will award 100 doctoral degrees, 582 master’s degrees, 10 educational specialist degrees and 2,667 bachelor’s degrees.

The degrees by college and school are: Agriculture, 128; Architecture, Design and Construction, 148; Business, 429; Education, 250; Engineering, 336; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 44; Human Sciences, 144; Liberal Arts, 587; Nursing, 55; Provost (interdisciplinary), 19; Sciences and Mathematics, 294; Pharmacy, 143; and Veterinary Medicine, 90.

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(Written by Roy Summerford.)

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