Burgess awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Stetson University

Published: May 18, 2017
Updated: June 22, 2017
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Auburn University's Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Burgess also was the speaker for Stetson's commencement ceremonies held May 13, when more than 200 students earned law degrees. In his address to the students, Burgess described his life in public service and evolving global challenges.

"You are entering an era of global interdependence that is full of promise and opportunity," Burgess told the graduates. "I believe you should seize this moment."

Burgess said he was honored and humbled to be asked to be a part of Stetson's commencement ceremonies.

"I told some of the students that I had come full circle," he said. "I entered Auburn University in 1970 in pre-law and now I was getting an honorary degree in 2017."

At Auburn, Burgess coordinates with the university's Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development to guide, direct and support interdisciplinary research as part of the Auburn University Cyber Initiative. He directed the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency from March 2009 until July 2012, where he received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for his service. He was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.

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