Published April 30, 2015
Some 5,645 students are candidates to receive degrees during UB’s 169th University Commencement and 15 other commencement ceremonies being held May 1 through May 23.
President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver remarks at University Commencement, to be held at 10 a.m. May 17 in Alumni Arena, North Campus. Abigail LaPlaca is the student speaker.
Robert G. Wilmers, chairman and chief executive officer of M&T Bank Corporation, will be awarded the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, UB’s highest honor.
John T. Ho, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School, and Gerald Lippes, UB council member emeritus, will receive the UB President’s Medal in recognition of extraordinary service to the university.
Also during the ceremony, SUNY honorary doctorates will be presented to UB alumnus Christopher Scolese, director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning artist David Shire.
Tripathi and A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs, will confer bachelor’s and associate degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Thirty-eight students will receive special recognition during the ceremony.
Samah Asfour will receive the Student Affairs Senior Leadership Award.
Students receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence are Matthew A. Eldred, Sara-Ann E. Fox, Ryan J. Hauser, Karin R. Hsieh, Tara L. Kaczorowski, Elizabeth A. Lakota, Chams E. Mballo, John T. O’Brien, Megan A. Pszonak, Chelsea Reinhardt, Christopher J. Reinhardt, Nathaniel J. Sundholm, Mackenzie R.H. Ward, Chelsea Wheeler and Jennifer R. Whittaker.
Graduates receiving the Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Arts and Sciences are Jessica N. Micceri, Anthropology and Classics; Samantha L. Romand, Art; Daniel P. Loebell, Asian Studies; Ronald A.S. Bola, Biological Sciences; Shaunna M. McLeod, Chemistry, Rachel B. Kramer, Communication; Nathaniel J. Sundholm, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Lucas M. Sokolowski, Economics; John T. O’Brien, English and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary; Justin M. Imiola, Environmental Geosciences; Rebecca E. Johnstone, Geography; Alyssa K. Hessler, Geology; Christine M. Schaefer, History; Anna E. Davidson, Linguistics; Thomas D.W. Effland, Mathematics; Morgan Stewart, Media Study; Jason A. Ross, Music; Karin R. Hsieh, Philosophy; Sean R.B. Bearden, Physics; Jessica M. Yarnes, Political Science; Victoria S. Kent, Psychology; Emily R. Niemel, Romance Languages and Literatures; Emma C. Frieh, Sociology; Ivana D. Bosek, Special Studies; Jocelyn B. Girigorie; Theatre and Dance; and Samantha A. Winter, Transnational Studies.
Vocalists are Erin M. Bonura and Aaron Wilson, both of whom will receive degrees in music theatre.
The 2015 commencement season begins on May 1 with the ceremony for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Delivering remarks will be Steven J. Stack, president-elect of the American Medical Association.
The remainder of the commencement schedule: