Ambassador Ammon Delivers UAHuntsville Commencement Address, Receives Honorary Doctorate
Enlarge image (© Patricia Doyle) Ambassador Peter Ammon delivered the commencement address at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Saturday, May 5, at the Von Braun Civic Center in downtown Huntsville.
“UAHuntsville is a launch pad to a bright future,” Ambassador Ammon told graduates. “I charge you to preserve the spirit of optimism that has made America great and to do your part for peace and democracy at home and abroad.”
The Ambassador invited the students to spend some time in Germany over the coming years to broaden their international horizon. Ammon shared his personal story of hitchhiking through America in his early 20s and called it “an unforgettable experience.”
“Alabama has a worldwide reputation as a center of excellence for high-tech industry," said Ammon during his speech. He called this fact an important reason why 60 German-based companies have locations in the state, employing 11,000 Alabamians.
UAHuntsville President Dr. Robert Altenkirch called Germany “one of America's most important partners” on the international stage, in areas of economics, science and technology research, defense, and education.
Enlarge image Ambassador Peter Ammon Receives Honorary Doctorate (© Patricia Doyle) "Our UAHuntsville graduates are entering a complex, dynamic, and rapidly changing world,” Altenkirch said. “Partnerships and collaborations across oceans, languages, and cultures are critical for success and the betterment of all people."
Before diplomas were presented, Ambassador Ammon was awarded an honorary doctorate from UAHuntsville.
"Ambassador Ammon has committed his life to building a more peaceful, fair, and prosperous world,“ remarked President Altenkirch during the award presentation.