Published April 27, 2016
Some 5,846 students are candidates to receive degrees during UB’s 170th University Commencement and 15 other commencement ceremonies being held April 29 through May 21.
President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver remarks at University Commencement, to be held at 10 a.m. May 15 in Alumni Arena, North Campus. Yong Han Dorminic Ong is the student speaker.
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.
Receiving 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 Initiative.
Tripathi will confer bachelor’s and associate degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Thirty-five students will receive special recognition during the ceremony.
Anne E. Morris will receive the Student Affairs Senior Leadership Award.
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.
UB’s 2016 commencement seasons begins on April 29 with the ceremony for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Delivering remarks will be Mukesh K. Jain, the Ellery Sedgwick Jr. Chair and Distinguished Scientist, and director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
The remainder of the commencement schedule: