BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thousands of University at Buffalo
students will don caps and gowns this week as families fly in from
around the world to attend UB’s commencement
More than a dozen ceremonies will be held over the course of the
next week and a half, with the largest being the 170th University
Commencement at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 15 at Alumni Arena on
UB’s North Campus.
About 1,450 students will participate in University
Commencement, and some 5,846 students are graduating from UB.
At University Commencement, UB President Satish K. Tripathi will
deliver remarks. Yong Han Dorminic Ong will be the student
Paras Prasad, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry,
Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering, and Claude E. Welch
Jr., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, will
receive the UB President’s Medal.
SUNY honorary degrees will be Leslie G. Ford, associate
director for clinical research for the National Cancer
Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention, and Helene D.
Gayle, chief executive officer of the McKinsey Social
Tripathi will confer bachelor’s and associate degrees from
the College of Arts and Sciences.
Thirty-five students will receive special recognition during the
Anne E. Morris will receive the Student Affairs Senior
Students receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student
Excellence are Caroline D. Brown, Ashley E. Cercone, Max F.
Crinnin, Elizabeth A. Kaltenbach, Minahil Khan, Natasha Singh and
Alexandra K. Van Hall.
Graduates receiving the Outstanding Senior Award from the
College of Arts and Sciences are:
- Ashley E. Cercone, Anthropology;
- Amanda Killian, Art;
- Daniel G. Beyer, Asian Studies;
- Kenneth W. Minorczyk Jr., Biological Sciences;
- Alexandra K. Van Hall, Chemistry;
- Elizabeth A. Hunter, Classics;
- Kelsey L. Gage, Communication;
- Caroline D. Brown, Communicative Disorders and Sciences;
- Laura M. Mannara, Economics;
- Max F. Crinnin, English;
- Anna M. Kozlowski, Geography;
- Ryan Till, Geology;
- Shaina S. Ahmed, History;
- Rachel M. Boerschig, Linguistics;
- Jessica L. Eisenhauer, Mathematics;
- Katherine M. Van Deusen, Media Study;
- Ellen Aroune, Music;
- Isaac N. Berger, Philosophy;
- Geoffrey L. Fatin, Physics;
- Sarah I. Shafik, Political Science;
- Shereen Khoo, Psychology;
- Blake Cooper, Romance Languages and Literatures;
- Yarden Abittan, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary;
- Bridget T. Scott, Sociology;
- Yun Beom Lee, Special Studies;
- Chase D.H. Brooks, Theatre and Dance; and
- Inbal G. Fischer, Transnational Studies.
Vocalists are Jordon T. Hoffman, Sean P. Ryan and Paul E.
Urriola, all of whom will receive degrees in music theatre.
The commencement season began on April 29 with the ceremony for
the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The School
of Dental Medicine held its commencement celebration on May 6.
The remainder of the commencement schedule:
- Graduate School of Education: 9 a.m. on Friday, May 13,
Center for the Arts.
- School of Nursing: 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13, Alumni
Arena. The speaker is Mary Garlick Roll, MS ’88 & BS
’84, national director and clinical trials liaison for
Halozyme Therapeutics Inc., and president of the UB Alumni
- College of Arts and Sciences (graduate): 1 p.m. on
Friday, May 13, Center for the Arts.
- School of Architecture and Planning: 5 p.m. on Friday,
May 13, Center for the Arts. The speaker is Toshiko Mori, principal
of the New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect. Mori, the Robert P.
Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard
University Graduate School of Design, designed the visitor center
at the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo.
- School of Management (graduate): 5 p.m. on Friday, May
13, Alumni Arena.
- School of Social Work: 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14,
Center for the Arts. Shauna O’Toole, LGBTQ outreach educator
at the LGBTQ Center of the Finger Lakes, will speak.
- School of Management (undergraduate): 10 a.m. on
Saturday, May 14, Alumni Arena.
- School of Public Health and Health Professions: 1 p.m.
on Saturday, May 14, Center for the Arts. Helene Gayle, chief
executive officer of the McKinsey Social Initiative and SUNY
honorary degree recipient, will speak.
- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: 2 p.m. on
Saturday, May 14, Alumni Arena. Norman Hayes, BS ’80,
director of ASIC engineering at Juniper Networks Inc., will
- School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: 5 p.m.
on Saturday, May 14, Center for the Arts. The speaker will be
Tricia Lee Wilkins, pharmacy adviser and health IT specialist in
the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Biomedical Sciences (undergraduate and graduate,
including Roswell Park Graduate Division): 2 p.m. on Monday, May
16, Center for the Arts. The speaker will be Dyann Wirth, the
Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases and chair
of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard
T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
- Educational Opportunity Center: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May
18, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall.
- School of Law: 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, Center for
the Arts. Robert Odawa Porter, an attorney, legal scholar and
former president of the Seneca Nation, will speak.