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2014 Commencement Awards & Honors

2014 Commencement Speaker: Chris Matthews. For the official Commencement speaker announcement please click here.

2014 Honorary Degrees

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s nightly talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree and deliver the College’s commencement address on May 18.

Barry M. Meyer ’64, longtime Warner Bros. Entertainment executive and founder and chairman of North Ten Mile Associates, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal

Harriet Kitzman ’61W (MS), ’84N (Ph.D.) is a nurse and internationally renowned scientist who has demonstrated the value of early and sustained home-based nursing intervention for high-risk mothers and their children.

Robert E. Rich Jr. ’69S (MBA), chairman of Rich Products Corporation, will be this year’s keynote speaker during the Simon School commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 8 at the Eastman Theatre.

Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award

Yuh-geng Tsay ’77 (Ph.D.) is considered one of the nation’s foremost organic/bioanalytical chemists. Tsay has helped refine clinicians’ understanding of the value and applicability of immunoassays. A true pioneer, he has helped usher in an extraordinary era in medical science.

University Teaching Awards for Excellence

Douglas Turner, professor of chemistry, is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education.

Eric Phizicky is recognized with the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

William Marvin ’02E (Ph.D.) is the 2014 recipient of the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Elizabeth Colantoni and Vasilli Petrenko are each receiving the G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence.

For the full list of winners and bios please click here.

Please feel free to contact the Commencement Office by phone at (585) 275-4111 or click here to send an e-mail.