Commencement ceremonies are set for April 29-May 1, 2016 on the Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau campuses respectively. Seven hundred sixty-six graduates from the three campuses will earn associates, bachelors and masters degrees as well as occupational endorsements, certificates, and licensures. Edward Thomas and Sandro Lane will receive Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees. Thomas is past president of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (1984-2014), member of the Alaska Federation of Natives and secretary to the National Congress of American Indians. He played a foundational role in establishing legally binding compacts between Alaska Native tribes and the federal government. Sandro Lane is currently co-owner of Trident Seafoods Corporation. An entrepreneur since 1984, Lane went from processing and selling cold-smoked salmon out of his garage to found Taku Fisheries and Smokeries, which still thrives on the Juneau waterfront. He’s found ways to prevent fish carcass waste and help protect our waters with the invention of proprietary processes to extract fish oil and protein. His salmon oil nutritional supplements are sold worldwide. Meritorious Service awards are going to Juneau community volunteer Peter Freer, Sitka arts advocate Jeff Budd and Ketchikan fishing industry innovator Larry Painter.