Architectural firm executive and Navy nursing commander to speak at Auburn University spring commencement

Michele KaneDon BrownAUBURN UNIVERSITY – An architectural firm executive and a Navy nursing commander will be guest speakers at Auburn University’s spring commencement ceremonies Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, in Auburn Arena, where approximately 3,670 new graduates will receive diplomas.

Architect and retired Air Force Col. Don Brown 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 and the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Navy nursing Cmdr. Michele Kane 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, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and School of Nursing.

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

Brown, a 1971 graduate in architecture from Auburn University, is vice president of the American Institute of Architects.  In 1977, after active duty in the Air Force, he founded his firm in Montgomery, Brown Studio Architecture. He serves on the executive board of Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction and has served as chair of the Alabama Architectural Foundation.

Kane, who received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1992, played a key role this year in developing Project SERVE while serving as director for the Centers for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Project SERVE is a joint effort between Walter Reed, Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery to teach nursing students about returning wounded veterans seeking care in local communities.

Auburn will award 93 doctoral degrees, 566 master’s degrees, six educational specialist degrees and 2,768 bachelor’s degrees. The bachelor’s degrees by college and school are: Agriculture, 124; Architecture, Design and Construction, 159; Business, 506; Education, 248; Engineering, 426; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 44; Human Sciences, 134; Liberal Arts, 607; Nursing, 64; Interdisciplinary Studies in the Office of the Provost, 21; and Sciences and Mathematics, 435.

The James Harrison School of Pharmacy and the College of Veterinary Medicine, both professional schools, will award diplomas on Tuesday, May 6, at Auburn Arena, with the Pharmacy ceremony at 10 a.m. for 149 graduates and the Veterinary Medicine ceremony at 6 p.m. for 88 graduates.

More information about graduation is available on the website,

(Written by Charles Martin)

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