BUFFALO, N.Y. – Some 5,500 students are candidates to
receive degrees this year as the University at Buffalo holds its
168th general commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 18, in
Alumni Arena on the UB North Campus.
President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver remarks. Marjorie T.
Breslawski of Brockport, a French, psychology and social sciences
interdisciplinary major, 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.
Video footage of the commencement ceremony will be available to
media after 4 p.m. at https://ubcfavideo.box.com/s/r644o3pknqn9y4nbc3ww.
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