BUFFALO, N.Y. – Some 4,818 students are candidates to
receive degrees during the University at Buffalo’s 167th
general commencement and 14 other commencement ceremonies to be
held May 3 through May 18.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver remarks at the
general commencement ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. May 12 in
Alumni Arena, North Campus. Paul M. Stephan is the student
Former UB president John B. Simpson will receive the Chancellor
Charles P. Norton Medal, the university’s highest honor.
Edmond J. Gicewicz, emeritus member of the UB Council, and
longtime UB faculty member and SUNY Distinguished Teaching
Professor Diane Christian will receive the UB President’s
Medal in recognition of extraordinary service to UB.
Also during the ceremony, a SUNY honorary doctorate will be
presented to Calyampudi R. Rao, a National Medal of Science winner
and professor emeritus at Pennsylvania State University.
Tripathi and Provost Charles F. Zukoski will confer
bachelor’s and associate degrees from the College of Arts and
Forty-two students will receive special recognition during the
Yasmine W. El-Gohary will receive the Student Affairs Senior
Students receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student
Excellence are Jay Amin, Maxwell L. Bileschi, Elise N. Blasingame,
Paul D. Garman, Sourobh Ghosh, Sharlene M. Green, Megan F. Klyczek,
Matthew G. Leibowitz, Paul J. Oldani, Daniel P. Salem, Marlee E.
Sroka, Paul M. Stephan, Lauren B. Stutzman and Jessica J.
Graduates receiving the Outstanding Senior Award from the
College of Arts and Sciences are Jay Amin, Economics; Victor A.
Beaumont, Chemistry; Dana E. Bojarski, Communication; Larene P.
Cameron, Geological Sciences; Junhong Choi, Physics; Kelsey G.
Clark, Anthropology; Alayna V. DeMarchi, Environmental Geosciences;
Carrie S. Fisher, Psychology; Sharlene M. Green, Transnational
Studies; Bradley G. Hahn, Geography; Kathryn D. Horn, History; Tara
Negar Jamali, Romance Languages and Literatures; Amani V. Johnson,
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary; Alyssa J. Jones, Political
Science; Erin K. Karnatz, Linguistics; Jodi L. Keith, Visual
Studies; William R. Louden, Music; Paige S. Melin, English; Erin C.
Radetich, Special Studies; Lucas A. Reigstad, Sociology; Katherine
Roach, Classics; Matthew W. Schmidt, Mathematics; Molly E.
Schreiber, Media Study; Benjamin J. Shumway, Philosophy; Courtney
E. Szyjka, Biological Sciences; Hillary R. Tilton, Communicative
Disorders and Sciences; Jessica J. Walts, Theatre and Dance; and
Kai R. Wasson, Asian Studies.
Vocalists are Maria G. Pedro and Zachary D. Rich, both music
The 2013 commencement season begins on May 3 with ceremonies for
the schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Dental
Mary Woolley, president and chief executive officer,
Research!America, will speak at the medical school ceremony, which
will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, North
Campus. Tripathi will confer degrees.
Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, executive director and chief
operating officer, American Dental Association, will address
graduates at the dental school ceremony, which will be held at 6:30
p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Tripathi also will confer
The rest of the commencement schedule:
- Biomedical Sciences (undergraduate and graduate), 6 p.m., May
9, Center for the Arts. The speaker will be Derek LeRoith,
professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Endocrinology,
Diabetes and Bone Disease, Mt. Sinai Hospital. Tripathi will confer
- Graduate School of Education, 9 a.m., May 10, Center for the
Arts. No speaker is expected; Tripathi will confer degrees.
- College of Arts and Sciences (graduate), 1 p.m., May 10, Center
for the Arts. No speaker is expected; Tripathi will confer
- School of Management (undergraduate), 1 p.m., May 10, Alumni
Arena, North Campus. No speaker is expected; Zukoski will confer
- School of Architecture and Planning, 5 p.m., May 10, Center for
the Arts. Bill McKibbon, author, educator and environmentalist,
will speak. Zukoski will confer degrees.
- School of Management (graduate), 5 p.m., May 10, Alumni Arena.
No speaker is expected; Tripathi will confer degrees.
- School of Nursing, 9 a.m., May 11, Alumni Arena. No speaker is
expected; Tripathi will confer degrees.
- School of Social Work, 9 a.m., May 11, Center for the Arts.
Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social
Justice, University of Maryland, will deliver remarks. Zukoski will
- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 1 p.m., May 11,
Alumni Arena. Industrialist Jack Davis, BS ’55, founder of
Akron-based I Squared R Element Co., will speak. Tripathi will
- School of Public Health and Health Professions, 1 p.m., May 11,
Center for the Arts. The speaker will be Pamela S. Hyde, JD,
administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Zukoski will confer degrees.
- School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 5 p.m., May 11,
Center for the Arts. Outgoing Dean Wayne Anderson will address
graduates. Michael Cain, vice president for health sciences and
dean of the medical school, will confer degrees and offer opening
- Law School, 3 p.m., May 18, Center for the Arts. Jonathan
Lippman, New York State chief judge and chief judge of the Court of
Appeals, will speak. Tripathi will confer degrees.