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With the College of Engineering Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony around the corner, the roster of speakers is coming together. 

Student speaker Michael Sydnes, an electrical and computer engineering major from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, counts three older siblings as Temple alumni, including his sister Abby Sydnes, ENG, '17, a product manager at Comcast who was recently named to the Temple 30 Under 30's 2021 cohort.

As Michael wraps up his team's senior design project—launching a high-altitude balloon that will travel 100,000-120,000 feet, measuring carbon dioxide content as it ascends, and recording 360-degree video in 4K of the entire flight—he is also measuring his next move. 

Michael's next step is to also join the Comcast ranks as CORE Technology Program—the most competitive entry level program at the company. 

"It is a software engineering-based leadership development program where I will have the opportunity to rotate over two years to three different teams/sections of Comcast, and immerse in and work for each of those teams, including NBCUniversal," he said. 

The College of Engineering ceremony is scheduled for May 7, at 9:30 AM, at the Temple Sports Complex, located at 1300 Master St. in Philadelphia. Due to public health guidelines, attendance will be limited to graduates and Temple staff, and the ceremony will be livestreamed. More information can be found at