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Message from the President and Conferral of Degrees

President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf

Class of 2020, you are ready for your next journey to begin.

This may not be the commencement you hoped for, but you are as well prepared for life’s challenges as any class we have ever graduated.

You have learned the values of the most important gifts we can provide—critical thinking, perseverance, the value of working with others, serving the community, your personal commitment to Meliora.

You will succeed because of your talents, your education, your work ethic. You have shown resilience in an uncertain and deeply unsettling time; you have demonstrated sacrifice during a crisis. In the face of so many obstacles, you have triumphed. You are the leader in whom we are all investing our future.

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A Message from
Board Chair Rich Handler

As Chair of the Board of Trustees of our amazing University, I would like to share a couple of thoughts with you in honor of your virtual graduation. Though I am speaking to you from my heart, I know my sentiments reflect those of our entire school’s faculty and staff, as well as my fellow Trustees.

Class of 2020: ‘You Are Our Future Leaders’

In video messages to this year’s graduates, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York and N.Y. Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul share words of congratulations to the Class of 2020.


Social Media Celebration

Check out a snapshot of social media activity recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2020.

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