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"It's only on the battlefield of change that a dream can be captured," commencement speaker and federal judge Jimmie Reyna ’75 told the Class of 2017 as the graduates gathered for the 167th commencement ceremony on the Eastman Quadrangle. "You have an army of support marching behind you. And as of today, it's not just your parents. It's myself and everybody here and over there, your professors; the whole UR community is part of your support."

  • students taking a picture of Rush Rhees Library Picture perfect: Students prepare to walk onto the Eastman Quadrangle. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • student blowing bubbles Fun with bubbles: Alex Goldman has some fun with bubbles while waiting before the ceremony. (University photo / Keith Walters)
  • one student being lifted up off the ground by his friends Getting a lift: Edgar Alaniz gets a hand from classmates Zach Shaw, Chris Norton, Justin Brennan, Evan Lyle, Michelangelo Bertocchi, Frank Dettore Schenkelberg, and Charles Pfiefer in the staging area. (University photo / Keith Walters)
  • two students helping another with her sash Stylin' sash: Jake Jares and Emily Canessa help Chiziterem Onyekwere with her sash. (University photo / Mike Bradley)
  • students laughing as one tries to take a picture of the other Picture prevention: Charlisa Goodlet (right center) tries to prevent Rashad Moore (left center) from taking a picture during staging. (University photo / Keith Walters)
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  • Joel Seligman gives high fives to the graduates as they walk past High fives: President Joel Seligman high-fives students as they pass the platform party during the procession. (University photo / Mike Bradley)
  • group of graduates taking a selfie Selfie evident: Students stop for photos during the procession. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • procession on the quad, led by professor carrying the ceremonial mace Marshaling the ceremony: Joan Shelley Rubin, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center, and Michael Scott, the Arthur Gould Yates Professor of Engineering, lead the platform party onto the Eastman Quadrangle. (University photo / Keith Walters)
  • Danny Wegman speaking behind podium Rochester family: "Wherever you go, you will find Rochester alumni doing remarkable things," said Danny Wegman, chair of the University's Board of Trustees, as he welcomed students and their families and friends. "We know that you will do the same." (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • Joel Seligman speaking behind podium Your day: "This is your day of triumph," President and CEO Joel Seligman told the graduates. "This is your day of joy." (University photo / Mike Bradley)
  • Joel Seligman speaking behind podium Historic time: Noting the historic changes in the nation's political and social culture since the country was founded, President and CEO Joel Seligman reminded the graduating class that "your lives will bear witness to further progress." (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • Rob Clark shakes Kara Bren's hand on the stage after presenting her with an award Top teacher: Kara Bren, professor of chemistry, received the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • Thomas Eickbush stands on the stage Award winner: Recognized for his commitment to teaching, Thomas Eickbush, professor of biology, received the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
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  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Honoring excellence: Douglas Kelley, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Ever better: "Be a trend-setter, a go-getter, and a make the world ever better," Palak Patel, president of the Senior Class Council, told her classmates as she concluded her remarks on behalf of the class. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Home is where the hive is: Alluding to the school mascot, the yellowjacket, Palak Patel, president of the Senior Class Council, said the insects venture far from their homes but make their way back to their hives. "The University of Rochester will always be our home." (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Think for yourself: "The further you get from groupthink, the more you are what you were meant to be—your own man, your own woman, finding your own way," said Paul Singer ’66, the founder and president of Elliott Management Corporation. "There's dignity in that because it means you're thinking and living with integrity." Singer, who received an honorary doctor of science degree, said recent incidents in which invited speakers have been prevented from delivering their talks on some college campuses should spur faculty, students, and administrators to recommit themselves to the ideal of honest inquiry and free speech. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Uniting force: "If there's a single factor that unites us today, it's that we all have things in our lives that are undone," said Jimmie Reyna ’75, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (right), who addressed the Class of 2017 after being introduced by President Seligman (left). "The great secret in life is that we can always begin again. We can always start over, again, again, and again." (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Giving a gift: "Through their achievement, which we honor today, the graduating class has given us a gift," said commencement speaker Jimmie Reyna ’75, who received the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal. "It's a reminder that the good race is not about winning and finishing, it's about starting today." (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
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  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Celebrate: Degrees are conferred, and the celebration begins. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Confetti for all: Confetti cannons mark the conferral of degrees. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Family portrait: Nicholas Perpignan poses for a photo with his grandmother, Primrose Sailsman, and grandfather, Early Sailsman (University photo / Keith Walters)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Quad moment: Iman Ali (left) and Manal Sidi (right) gather family members for a photograph on the Eastman Quadrangle. (University photo / Keith Walters)
  • group of graduates walking up the staircase in Eastman Theatre Merry mortarboards: Graduating members of the track and field and cross country teams throw their caps after the ceremony. (University photo / Keith Walters)

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