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Daniel Hildebrand : 2013 Outstanding Graduate in Automotive

Daniel Hildebrand, Outstanding Graduate — Automotive “After getting my GED in Summer 2007, I discovered that I really enjoy working on cars. UAS has helped me reach my goals by providing the education I needed to be able to support my family while doing the kind of work that I love.”

Daniel Hildebrand’s story is one of perseverance and determination. He took his first automotive technology class in Fall 2007, and worked his way through all of the automotive core offerings over the following five semesters. During that time, he also completed his practicum experience by working part time at a local automotive repair shop. Working in the trade while he went to school supercharged his growth and in December of 2011, he passed the last of eight tests to become an ASE Master Automobile Technician.

Daniel also took some diesel classes over the following semesters, but his primary focus was on completing his GERs to get his associate of applied science degree. Starting out with non-college credit classes in both English and math, Daniel kept “plugging and chugging” on his education goals while working full-time. He completed his final GER this spring semester, and has the highest GPA of this year’s Power Technology graduates.

UAS' 2013 Juneau Commencement will be held May 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.

Student Speaker Link

Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.

Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.