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May 23, 2012

A Commencement Celebration

Brown University President Ruth Simmons knows the glory of college graduations and what she believes should be a heavy burden placed on graduates to use their knowledge to serve society. “[And] that burden is not limited to what you do in your laboratory or in your practice, in the classroom or in the boardroom,” she said Sunday in her address to Arts, Sciences & Engineering graduates during the University’s 162nd commencement season, May 18–20. “It extends to where you are at every moment of your life. Your education benefits society only if you are a drum major for human dignity.” Simmons was one of several honorees and guests who helped celebrate this spring’s conferral of more than 3,000 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University and its academic units (the Simon School ceremony is Sunday, June 10). More than 5,000 people—graduates, families, friends, dignitaries, and faculty and staff—filled the Eastman Quadrangle for the Arts, Sciences & Engineering ceremony. Well-wishers also filled Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre for ceremonies celebrating graduates of the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Warner School of Education, the Eastman School, and the Hajim School of Engineering as well as for doctoral degree candidates from across the University. In addition to Simmons, guests included honorary degree recipients the Most Rev. Matthew H. Clark, Roman Catholic Bishop of Rochester; U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin; Pulitzer Prize–winning composer George Walker ’56E (DMA); and nursing home and long-term senior care pioneer Robert Hurlbut; Roger Friedlander ’56, retired executive, civic leader, and University trustee, received the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal; Arthur Moss ’62M (Res), professor of medicine, received the George Eastman Medal; and Glenn Watkins ’53E (PhD), the Earl V. Moore Professor Emeritus of Music History and Musicology at the University of Michigan, received the Distinguished Scholar Medal Photos and videos from the weekend’s ceremonies can be found at

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Samuel Turner Reich takes a photo from the stage of Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre after his name is called during the Eastman School ceremony.

Nursing graduate Kayla Jean Teal receives her pin from Patrick Hopkins, assistant professor of clinical nursing.
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Shufan Sun, a microbiology major, shows her class spirit with her father, Chaode; mother, Liz; and brother, Robert.

Ed Hajim and Joel Seligman“It is a great pleasure to share the stage today with Ed Hajim as we graduate another remarkable class,” said President Joel Seligman at the ceremony for the Hajim School of Engineering, named in recognition of Board Chairman Ed Hajim ’58 (left).

Newly minted doctors Patrick Milord, Havalee Henry, and Sirish Kondabolu gather for a photo outside Kodak Hall after the School of Medicine and Dentistry ceremony.

Go Team Go
The 2012 science education cohort celebrates with April Luehmann, associate professor of education. Back row, left to right: Rachel Chaffee, Joe Henderson, Michael Ochino, and Luehmann. Front row, left to right: Danielle Morsch, Zach White-Stellato, Cailin Monaghan, Katy Seliskar, and Lisa Zeller.

Burke Scarbrough lifts his fiancé Katie Van Wert outside Kodak Hall after the doctoral ceremony. He received his degree in education, she in English, and they are getting married this August.
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Silvia Perucchio ‘12 (left) gets a kiss from her father, Renato Perucchio, professor of mechanical engineering, after she received her degree in chemical engineering.

Ruth Simmons and Joel Seligman“Your education benefits society only if you are a drum major for human dignity,” Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, told the graduating class at the Arts, Sciences & Engineering ceremony, where she received an honorary degree from President Seligman and her ceremonial hood from Grand Marshal Jesse Moore.

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