Glenn headlines at
Elon's day for honors


Former NASA astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn was the featured speaker during Elon University's Spring Convocation for Honors April 14 in the Koury Center on campus. The convocation honors Dean's List and President's List students, the faculty, graduate students, the Class of 2005 and members of the Elon Society and the university's advisory groups, including the School of Communications Advisory Board.

Dozens of communications students were among the honors students and the Class of 2005, and many of them were working at the event, putting together news reports for classes and Elon student media organizations.

Glenn received an honorary doctor of laws degree during the convocation, which recognizes academic achievement and philanthropy. Honorary doctor of humane letters degrees were also awarded to Furman Moseley, Jr. '56, a successful business leader and generous Elon supporter, and James B. Powell, a Burlington, N.C., philanthropist and community leader.

Glenn made history in 1962 when he circled the Earth three times aboard the Friendship 7 space capsule, completing the first manned, orbital mission by the United States. A native of Cambridge, Ohio, Glenn's service to his country began long before he joined NASA. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1943, flying 59 combat missions during World War II and 63 missions in Korea. He has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions and holds the Air Medal with 18 Clusters.

He retired from the Marine Corps in 1965 and entered the private sector as a business executive. In 1974 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and he served his native Ohio for 24 years, focusing on arms control, nuclear proliferation, government efficiency and campaign-finance reform.

Glenn returned to space in 1998 aboard space shuttle Discovery, where he studied the effects of zero gravity on an aging body. Upon his safe return, he was treated to his second ticker-tape parade in New York City. In 1999, NASA renamed its Cleveland Center the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in his honor.

Today, Glenn runs the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy at Ohio State University. He is chairman of the National Commission on Service Learning, which focuses on integrating service with classroom instruction in public schools.

His life is chronicled in his autobiography, "John Glenn: A Memoir."




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