Carroll University awards honorary degree to ocean explorer


WAUKESHA, Wis. – Carroll University awards an honorary degree to renowned high seas explorer Dr. Robert Ballard at its undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday.

According to the university, Dr. Ballard is best known for his 1985 discovery of the sunken remains of the RMS Titanic.

Dr. Ballard will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony and will subsequently receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

“Dr. Ballard is a renowned deep-sea explorer, underwater archaeologist, distinguished professor of oceanography, and retired United States naval officer,” Carroll University said in a statement Monday. “He has many outstanding accomplishments in his lifetime, including the discovery of hydrothermal vents and the development of deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems.”

Dr. Ballard has discovered many significant wrecks, including the battleship Bismarck in 1989, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998 and the wreckage of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 in 2002. The university says he was involved to more than 155 deep- sea expeditions throughout his career. He is now Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic.

Saturday’s ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the Main Lawn, located across from the Main Lobby on East Ave. in Waukesha.

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