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Commencement 2015

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Each year during commencement weekend, the University recognizes its graduating students and their families, outstanding faculty and alumni, special guests, and other honorees. From mortarboard decorating to academic processions, enjoy this overview of Commencement 2015.

Photo Galleries

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Arts, Sciences & Engineering

graduates move their tassels across their caps

Eastman School of Music

student with a light-up mortarboad takes a selfie on stage

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

line of graduates waiting

School of Medicine and Dentistry

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School of Nursing

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Warner Graduate School of Education

graduate receives her doctoral hood

Doctoral Degrees

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Pre-College Commencement Rehearsal and Senior Toast

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2015 Commencement: College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering Highlights

2015 Commencement: Eastman School of Music Highlights

Class of 2015 Throwback: Move-in Day 2011, when this year's graduates were brand new freshmen.

What's Next? Where will the Class of 2015 spread its wings?

Words of Wisdom: The Class of 2015 offers its advice to the incoming freshmen of the Class of 2019.

Mortarboard Mania: Students decorate their caps to celebrate the big day.

More Commencement Coverage

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Class of 2015: 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.

Michael Silverstein

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.

collage of portraits of student award winners

2015 student award winners
Each year, University of Rochester students earn awards and scholarships in recognition of their academic achievements. We are proud to highlight several of this year’s recipients as they prepare to make the world ever better through their teaching, research, and community-building efforts.

student jumping onto a velcro wall

Senior class scrapbook
A collection of photos of the Class of 2015 through the years.

Deborah Bial

University announces 2015 commencement honorary degrees and award recipients
Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and delivered the College’s commencement address. During Rochester’s 165th commencement ceremonies, the University recognized the outstanding contributions of distinguished leaders and scholars by bestowing honorary degrees, the Eastman Medal, Hutchison Medals for exemplary service, and awards for scholarship and teaching.