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Doctoral Degree Ceremony

“You’ve achieved the pinnacle of academic accomplishment in your respective disciplines,” noted G. Robert Witmer Jr. ’58, chair emeritus of the University’s Board of Trustees, as he welcomed more than 200 candidates for doctoral degrees. The May 20 ceremony recognizes candidates who reach the doctor of philosphy degree and candidates for degrees of doctor of musical arts, doctor of education, and doctor of nursing practice.

  • students in balcony, looking down on theater Practice makes perfect: Doctoral degree candidates take in the view from the Kodak Hall balcony during ceremony rehearsals. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • row of graduates lining up in hallway Queued up: Candidates line up to begin the procession. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • overhead view of large crowd of graduates A moment to savor: The PhD candidates have a few minutes to reflect on their achievements as they take their seats. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • Robert Westbrook behind podium Active advisor: In accepting the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Robert B. Westbrook counsels graduates to “aim not just to get a degree, but to put a stamp on our understanding of modern American history.” Westbook is the Joseph F. Cunningham Professor of History. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • President Seligman applauds on state as Professor Tom Hahn waits to speak Four remarkable decades: “The bond we form with each other at the University is both immediate and virtual… and the links remain live even when we’re not physically together.” After receiving the University Award for Lifetime Achievement in Graduate Education, Professor of English Thomas Hahn credits his students and their achievements for the honor. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • rows of graduates Standing proud: Candidates rise as the doctor of philosophy degrees are conferred. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • a graduate has her doctoral hood lowered over her head Scholarly staff: Lori Birrell, special collections librarian for historical manuscripts at the River Campus Libraries, receives her hood during the doctoral degree commencement ceremony. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • group of gradautes, one holding their degree up in the air Held high: With degrees in hand, graduates celebrate. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • students look up at the audience Gazing with gratitude: Graduates scan the audience for their family and loved ones after the ceremony. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • graduate smiles and takes a selfie while family member kisses him on the cheek All in the family: Mitchell Gruber gets a peck on the cheek from uncle Alan Gruber ’80. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • graduate stands outside Kodak Hall Boldly go: Newly minted doctor of philosophy Banu Kandemir steps outside Kodak Hall after the ceremony. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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