Published May 1, 2014
Some 5,500 students are candidates to receive degrees during UB’s 168th University Commencement and 14 other commencement ceremonies to be held May 2 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, 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 the university.
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 2011 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 ceremony.
Marc Pierre will receive the Student Affairs Senior Leadership Award.
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, Visual Studies.
Vocalists are Gina Tarrou and Zoe Tchapraste.
The 2014 commencement season begins on May 2 with the ceremony for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Nielsen will speak at the ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Tripathi will confer degrees.
The rest of the commencement schedule: