Tufts University

Frederick H. "Rick" Hauck

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Frederick H. "Rick" Hauck an honorary degree during the University's 151st Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, 2007.

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Commencement 2007

Frederick Hamilton Hauck, as a Tufts Navy ROTC student, did you stand on this Hill, gaze at the stars, and place yourself among them? Your remarkable career follows a trajectory that few ever experience, yet all admire. Upon graduation, in service to your country, you fielded assignments that demanded skill and courage. You earned Navy wings, bravely flew 114 combat and support missions, and test piloted the nation's most powerful new aircraft. You were named to NASA's astronaut corps in 1978. As pilot for Challenger in 1983 and commander for Discovery in 1984, you pioneered complex space maneuvers, conducting the first flying formation with another satellite and completing the first space salvage mission. In 1988, as one of NASA's most respected and experienced astronauts, you led this nation's return to space by commanding the first shuttle mission following the Challenger disaster. With quiet certainty, dignity, and humility, you helped to restore confidence in our space program. Although you have traveled farther than any Tufts graduate in our 155 year history, you have always kept Tufts close to your heart. Today, in recognition of your selfless service to the nation and to Tufts, and in celebration of your 45th Reunion, we proudly present you with the degree of Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa.

Photo by Jodi Hilton for Tufts University Photo

This story originally ran on May 20, 2007.