Class of 2020 Celebration

2020 Balloons.

The Department of Anthropology congratulates this year's graduates and award recipients on their academic and professional achievements. You've all worked with such dedication and determination to make it here. Now it is time to celebrate all your accomplishments. We wish you every success on your next endeavors!

We welcome everyone to share your memories and offer congrats to Anthropology graduates on social media using #UBClassof2020.

A Message from the Chair

Vasiliki Neofotistos.

A Message from the DGS

Dear graduates,

Well done! All of us at the Department of Anthropology are so delighted and proud that you have achieved this wonderful milestone!

Commencement is a memorable and joyful occasion not only for the graduates but also for their families. It marks the culmination of years of hard work, the achievement of a noble goal, and the beginning of a new journey, made all the more pleasurable and meaningful thanks to the knowledge and skills acquired in graduate school.  

This year, our traditional commencement festivities are cancelled due to COVID-19. The pandemic has not only highlighted social inequalities and economic vulnerability on a global scale but has also served as a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit.

Your graduation today gives out a strong message of hope in the face of adversity. It inspires us all to continue to do our best every day. Despite the various disruptions you faced due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic during your last semester at UB, you have showed to everyone that persistence and perseverance yield excellent results.

As you embark on your new journey, be proud of what you have accomplished. Be kind and compassionate humans, especially during these challenging times.

I trust that your anthropological training will continue to nurture your sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around you, and to inspire you to ask probing questions, interrogate prevalent assumptions, and effect positive change promoting human dignity and respect for all life.

-Vasiliki Neofotistos-


Douglas Perrelli.

A Message from the DUS

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates from the Department of Anthropology, and especially to our award winners. 

It has been a challenging semester in which to achieve your undergraduate degrees. While it is disappointing that we are not together for this key event in your lives, that should not diminish the importance of your success and the great potential it brings for the future.

In these uncertain times, the world can certainly use more anthropology and more anthropologists. We are so proud of the way you have represented the UB community and are confident you will continue to do so as you go forward.  

-Douglas Perrelli-

Join Our Celebration!

College of Arts and Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Virtual commencement ceremonies for all CAS departments:

Friday, May 15
1 p.m.

Saturday, May 16
3 p.m.

Share in the celebration!

Post on social media using #UBclassof2020

Social Media Celebration:

Student Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Dean's Outstanding Senior Award

Ajla Avdic

Lucia Maria Houpt Award

Ajla Avdic

Justin Van Ness Award

Bailey Quinn

Leadership Award

Autumn Tonnesen

Graduate Awards

Opler Dissertation Research Award

Ashley Cercone

Opler Dissertation Writing Award

Hyunwoo Jung

Dr. Keith F. Otterbein Award for War and Peace Studies

Elias Plata Espino, Anthropology
Ashley Morin, History

Marion and Dr. Stanley Dickson Award

Caroline Gass

Klein Family Award in Memory of Viola Oddenheimer

Gianna Damico
Sierra Nettleton

Undergraduate Professional Activities and Achievement in Anthropology Award

Ajla Avdic
Autumn Tonnesen

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Graduates at UB Commencement.

Undergraduate Students

BA in Anthropology

Spring 2020

Catherine Carter
Christina Costella
Marc Feniger
Brianna Fridmann
Spencer Green
Emma Harty
Devonique McBrown
Briana Perdomo
Ryan Poloncarz
Adam Ptak
Montannah Ragland
Jonathan Redding
Renee Ren
Lauren Reynolds
Autumn Tonnesen
Kaitlyn Veith
Catherine Wolf

Anthropology Minors

Carlye Albrecht
Veronia Castrio
Kallicharran Changoo
Gabriella Cilento
Alexandra Dombrowski
Julia Horrigan
Melpomeni Kesidis
Sara Lesold

Fall 2019

Ajla Avdic
Christina Aviles
Diamond Blackwood
Iffat Hoque
Edwin Madison
Kahnia Palin
Bailey Quinn
Lillie Shallowhorn

Summer 2019

Amy Davison
James Fisk
Clark Matner
Nicholas Weissenburg




Da Lin
Rose Pajek
Mohammad Rahman
Denae Rossi
Quinton Schill
John Slobodzian
Emily Williams

Graduate Students

PhD in Anthropology

Kaitlin Ahern
Jacob Brady
Amandine Eriksen
Bobbi Hornbeck
Erika Ruhl
Ariel Taivalkoski
Samantha Wolff

MA in Anthropology

Katie Allen
Rachel Berkeley
Russell Curtis
Allison Gojevic
Eric Shaver

MA in Critical Museum Studies

Christopher Moore
Aleksander Ogadzhanov
Nicole Sanborn

College of Arts and Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 15 1 p.m. 

This virtual ceremony is for graduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Saturday, May 16 3 p.m.

This virtual ceremony is for undergraduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.