FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska president Mark Hamilton has been given emeritus status by the UA Board of Regents.
The honor typically reserved for faculty members is given to those who have served the university with distinction for at least 10 years. Hamilton is leaving his post next month after 12 years at the university.
Hamilton wiped away tears after receiving a standing ovation from the crowd that packed the Carlson Center for Sunday's commencement ceremony.
He is only the fourth UA president to be given emeritus status. The others include Terris Moore, Charles Bunnell and William Wood.