Countdown to Commencement

More than 3,000 individuals will have their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees conferred during the University’s 166th commencement ceremonies.

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Erica Fee to Address Graduates

Erica Fee ’99, founding producer and board president of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, will present the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement address.

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A Message from the 2016 Class Council

“It’s been an honor to serve as your council this year. We have admired the dedication, drive, and zest for life that this class possesses and have been amazed at all that you have accomplished in your four years here. “

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Class of 2016: Making Their Mark

A look at some of the students who, like so many of their classmates, have made the most of their experience at Rochester.

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Laura Zhao '16 folds T-shirts during I Heart Rochester Day in February 2016.

Senior Class Scrapbook

A collection of photos of the Class of 2016 through the years.

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Graphic: Senior Portrait

More than 1,100 undergraduates in the College will receive degrees during commencement ceremonies. Here’s a snapshot of where the students in the graduating class came from and what they studied at Rochester.

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Leaders, Scholars to Be Recognized

During Rochester’s 166th commencement ceremonies, the University will recognize distinguished leaders and scholars with honorary degrees, medals, and awards for scholarship and teaching.

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Graphic: The AS&E Ceremony Scene

The University’s historic Eastman Quadrangle becomes a modern outdoor auditorium each May as members of the College’s graduating class celebrate commencement with their families and friends.

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Students Don ‘Green’ Gowns

Graduating seniors are donning commencement gowns made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

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Anderson, Marian

A Proud Past of Speakers, Honorees

The practice of having an outside commencement speaker at the University began sometime in the early 20th century.

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