BUFFALO, N.Y. – Some 5,500 students are candidates to
receive degrees during the University at Buffalo’s 168th
University Commencement and 13 other commencement ceremonies to be
held through May 18.
President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver remarks at University
Commencement, to be held at 10 a.m. May 18 in Alumni Arena on the
UB North Campus. Marjorie T. Breslawski is the student speaker.
The late Ralph Wilson Jr., founder and 54-year owner of the
Buffalo Bills, will posthumously receive the Chancellor Charles P.
Norton Medal, UB’s highest honor.
Nancy H. Nielsen, MD ’76, senior associate dean for health
policy, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Robert
Gioia, president of The John R. Oishei Foundation and chair of the
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, will receive the UB
President’s Medal in recognition of extraordinary service to
Also during the ceremony, SUNY honorary doctorates will be
presented to UB alumnus Ira Flatow, host of Public Radio
International’s “Science Friday”; Jack
Lightstone, president and vice chancellor of Brock University in
St. Catharines; and UB alumnus Norman McCombs, recipient of the
2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
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.
Forty-two students will receive special recognition during the
Marc Pierre will receive the Student Affairs Senior Leadership
Students receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student
Excellence are Kelsey T. Barbour, Erin M. Ellis, Emily S. Fiore,
Courtney E. Kodweis, Taylor M. Lansing, Andrew N. Lyons, Elise J.
Martin, Kayla A. Maxwell, Daniel E. Ovadia, Elise M. Roberts,
Amanda K. Sherman, Matthew Silver, Christine D. Tjahjadi-Lopez,
Phillip M. Tucciarone and Trenton P. Van Epps.
Graduates receiving the Outstanding Senior Award from the
College of Arts and Sciences are Alexander D. Heywood,
Anthropology; Sarah C. Boerschig, Asian Studies; Rachel L. La Rosa,
Biological Sciences; Christina E. Wong, Chemistry; Lesley G.
Crawford, Classics; Zachary W. Arth, Communication; Kathleen A.
Blackburn, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Qianying Li,
Economics; Farhana B. Hasan, English; Cary L. Anderson, Geography;
Michael J. Merkwa, Geology; Stephen M. Rabent, History; Francis
Mollica, Linguistics; Stephanie L. Brown, Mathematics; Jason L.
Hesch, Media Study; Maria Chomicka, Music; Mattias A. Carosella,
Philosophy; Paul Glenn, Physics; Rachel Coolican, Political
Science; Ethan M. Guthman, Psychology; Elise M. Roberts, Romance
Languages and Literatures; Courtney A. Burroughs, Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary; David Zack, Sociology; Shivani S. Kamodia,
Special Studies; Gabrielle M. Petrosino, Theatre and Dance; Lindsay
M. Richardson, Transnational Studies; and Christopher Borschel,
Vocalists are Gina Tarrou and Zoe Tchapraste.
The rest of the 2014 commencement schedule:
- School of Dental Medicine: 3 p.m., May 9, Center for the Arts,
North Campus. Steven A. Guttenberg, president of the Washington
Institute for Mouth, Face and Jaw Surgery, Washington, D.C., will
speak. Provost Charles F. Zukoski will confer degrees.
- Biomedical Sciences (undergraduate and graduate): 6 p.m., May
15, Center for the Arts. The speaker will be Ana Maria Cuervo, The
Robert and Renee Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative
Diseases and co-director of the Institute for Aging Research at
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. Tripathi
will confer degrees.
- Graduate School of Education: 9 a.m., May 16, Center for the
Arts. No speaker is planned. Zukoski will confer degrees.
- College of Arts and Sciences (graduate): 1 p.m., May 16, Center
for the Arts. No speaker is planned. Zukoski will confer
- School of Management (undergraduate): 1 p.m., May 16, Alumni
Arena, North Campus. No speaker is planned. Tripathi will confer
- School of Architecture and Planning, 5 p.m., May 16, Center for
the Arts. Walter Hood, founding principal of Hood Design; professor
of landscape architecture & environmental planning and urban
design at the University of California, Berkeley; and designer of
UB’s Solar Strand, will deliver remarks. Tripathi will confer
- School of Management (graduate): 5 p.m., May 16, Alumni Arena.
No speaker is planned. Zukoski will confer degrees.
- School of Nursing: 9 a.m., May 17, Alumni Arena. The speaker
will be Maureen Kelly, vice president for patient care services and
chief nursing officer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Zukoski
will confer degrees.
- School of Social Work: 9 a.m., May 17, Center for the Arts.
Mary Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice Center, will
speak. Tripathi will confer degrees.
- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: 1 p.m., May 17,
Alumni Arena. No speaker is planned. Tripathi will confer
- UB Law School: 1 p.m., May 17, Center for the Arts. U.S. Sen.
Joe Donnelly of Indiana will speak. Zukoski will confer
- School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: 5 p.m., May 17,
Center for the Arts. The speaker will be Patricia Chase, dean of
the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Tripathi will
deliver welcoming remarks; Michael Cain, vice president for health
sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences, will confer degrees.
- School of Public Health and Health Professions: 3 p.m., May 18,
Center for the Arts. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will speak.
Tripathi will confer degrees.