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Eastman School of Music

“Each generation creates its own music. You are artists—and it is artists who help shape the world,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman during his welcome to the Eastman School of Music’s Class of 2017. At the May 21 commencement ceremony, more than 140 students received their bachelor of music degrees, and another 114 candidates received graduate degrees from the Eastman School.

  • student standing behind sign that reads VOICE looks at her refelction in an ornate mirror Reflecting: Master’s candidate Hannah Renée Becker adjusts her regalia before the ceremony. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • graduate sits, with pensive look on her face Moment of zen: Undergraduate Dorothy Canevari waits for the ceremony to begin. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • commencement stage with large screen showing image of Jamal Rossi Digital dean: Due to a conflict with his daughter’s commencement, Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School, delivers his remarks to the Class of 2017 via video: “As you leave here to enter the world, remember that you will be a reflection of the Eastman School of Music now and throughout your careers.” (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • student smiles while speaking behind podium Music in our lives: “For four years, we have called Eastman home. We’ve been pushed to the limits and prevailed beyond all odds,” says Daniela Maria Camilleri, the Eastman Students’ Association president, while addressing her classmates. In their lives and careers, she asks her fellow graduates to be brave, kind, and humble. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • professor on stage smiling The noblest profession: Associate Professor of Music Theory Seth Monahan receives the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Teaching Excellence. When it comes to teaching, “the stakes are never less than high, the responsibilities never less than great,” he says. “Music needs you—not just as performers, but as advocates and crusaders. Get out there and teach them how great music can be.” (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • alumnis on stage smilig and pointing Musician’s odyssey: Librettist, songwriter, and composer Gene Scheer receives this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Scheer credits his Eastman education with preparing him for the twists and turns of his career. “Wherever you wind up, I know that you are on your way to a life that’s been blessed by music,” he tells the graduating class. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • row of seated graduates listening and smiling The future is bright: Composer Jake Heggie delivers the commencement address. “Music is essential,” he says, “and it is essentially optimistic. It is about the future, the very best of what we can achieve together.” (University photo / J. Adam Fensters)
  • commencement speaker behind the podium Music education for all: Heggie implores the graduating class to reach, gather, and connect people through music: “Here’s your most urgent charge, Class of 2017: Get the arts back into public schools now.” (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • Donna Brink-Fox hugs graduate Legacy of learning: “Remember your teachers,” advises Donna Brink Fox, senior associate dean of academic and student affairs, who greeted graduates as they crossed the stage. “Inspiration from these teachers will carry you through as you make decisions about your music and your lives, as you make a difference every day through your art.” (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • student smiles while crossing the stage Onward and upward: Master of music degree candidate Emma Ruth Ritter crosses the stage. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • students smile while waiting to cross the stage Almost there: Clarence Tyrone Allen II prepares to cross the stage and receive his bachelor of music degree. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • graduates move the tassel on thier caps It’s official! After the degrees are conferred, the graduates move their tassels to the other side of their caps. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • student musicians in commencement regalia playing trombones Band together: The Eastman Trombone Choir performs during the recessional. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
  • smiling family in front of Eastman Theatre Kodak moment: Nomin Zolzaya (right) and Julia Rosenbaum pose together for a photo outside the Eastman School of Music. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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