The Department of Anthropology congratulates this year's graduates and award recipients on their academic and professional achievements. You've all worked with such dedication and determination to make it here. Now it is time to celebrate all your accomplishments. We wish you every success on your next endeavors!
We welcome everyone to share your memories and offer congrats to Anthropology graduates on social media using #UBClassof2020.
Well done! All of us at the Department of Anthropology are so delighted and proud that you have achieved this wonderful milestone!
Commencement is a memorable and joyful occasion not only for the graduates but also for their families. It marks the culmination of years of hard work, the achievement of a noble goal, and the beginning of a new journey, made all the more pleasurable and meaningful thanks to the knowledge and skills acquired in graduate school.
This year, our traditional commencement festivities are cancelled due to COVID-19. The pandemic has not only highlighted social inequalities and economic vulnerability on a global scale but has also served as a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit.
Your graduation today gives out a strong message of hope in the face of adversity. It inspires us all to continue to do our best every day. Despite the various disruptions you faced due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic during your last semester at UB, you have showed to everyone that persistence and perseverance yield excellent results.
As you embark on your new journey, be proud of what you have accomplished. Be kind and compassionate humans, especially during these challenging times.
I trust that your anthropological training will continue to nurture your sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around you, and to inspire you to ask probing questions, interrogate prevalent assumptions, and effect positive change promoting human dignity and respect for all life.
Congratulations to our 2020 graduates from the Department of Anthropology, and especially to our award winners.
It has been a challenging semester in which to achieve your undergraduate degrees. While it is disappointing that we are not together for this key event in your lives, that should not diminish the importance of your success and the great potential it brings for the future.
In these uncertain times, the world can certainly use more anthropology and more anthropologists. We are so proud of the way you have represented the UB community and are confident you will continue to do so as you go forward.
Elias Plata Espino, Anthropology
Ashley Morin, History
Friday, May 15 1 p.m.
This virtual ceremony is for graduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Saturday, May 16 3 p.m.
This virtual ceremony is for undergraduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.