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All-America Golfer Matt Kuchar Among Student-Athletes Graduating Saturday

ATLANTA (May 5) — All-America golfer Matt Kuchar is among 19 Georgia Tech student-athletes scheduled to graduate Saturday as part of Tech’s 206th commencement exercises at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Kuchar, a Lake Mary, Fla. native, is the No. 2 college golfer in the nation this spring, winning one event and finishing in the top 10 in eight of the nine events he has competed in this year. He was named National and ACC Player of the Year in 1998, and is a three-time all-ACC performer. In 1998, Kuchar tied for 21st place in The Masters Tournament. That year, he also shot a 68 in the third round of the tournament, which the lowest score carded by an amateur at The Masters in 15 years. Kuchar will graduate from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in management.

Also among the graduates are football players Conrad Daniels (Industrial Engineering), Brian Wilkins (Industrial Engineering), Justin Robertson (Mechanical Engineering) and Patrick Bradford (Building Construction). Also scheduled to graduate are track athletes Judy Johnson (Civil Engineering), Kenneth Grimes (Building Construction), Brad Mills (Civil Engineering), James Traylor (Psychology), Michael Johnson (Management), Tosin Tomori (Mechanical Engineering) and Dan Brin (Management); basketball player Paul Trotti (Mechanical Engineering); softball player Jamie Smith (Management); tennis players Tamarra Jenkin (Industrial Engineering), Robert Wright (Civil Engineering) and Tim Bibby (Management); volleyball player Carla Gartner (Management) and golfer Carlton Forrester (Management).

Alfred R. Berkeley, III, president of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. and Joseph Bordogna, deputy director and chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation, will deliver the commencement address. The undergraduate ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. and the master’s and Ph.D. ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Approximately 1,500 students are graduating this year, making this the largest graduating class in Tech’s history.

Berkeley, who will address the Tech undergraduates, was appointed president of The Nasdaq Stock Market in 1996. Nasdaq was introduced as the world’s first electronic stock market in 1971. Berkeley began his career on Wall Street in 1972 when he joined Alex. Brown & Sons as a reseach analyst. He held many positions at the firm, including head of information services, until he moved to the mergers and acquisition side and helped to develop the firm’s technology practice.

Joseph Bordogna, who will address the master’s and Ph.D. graduates, is deputy director and chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation. During his tenure, he has chaired Committees on Manufacturing and Environmental Technologies within President Clinton’s National Science and Technology Council. He was also a member of the federal government’s Technology Reinvestment Project team, and served on the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles Committee and the United States-Japan Joint Optoelectronics Project.

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