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May 04, 2016

Commencement Weekend

a grad gets a hug from mom

The University celebrates its 166th commencement ceremonies, starting May 15. (Simon Business School commencement is Sunday, June 5.) Details are available at


School of Nursing Ceremony
1 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

School of Medicine and Dentistry Ceremony
4 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre


Doctoral Degree Ceremony
9 a.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

School of Medicine and Dentistry
12:15 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School

AS&E and SMD Master’s Degree Ceremony
Noon, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Warner School Ceremony
3 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre


Arts, Sciences & Engineering Ceremony
9 a.m., Eastman Quadrangle, River Campus. Watch live at

Eastman School Ceremony
11:15 a.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Frederick Jefferson awarded Douglass Medal

Frederick Jefferson, professor emeritus at the Warner School of Education, has had a long and distinguished record of leadership at Rochester, pioneering and championing programs that have made the University and the Rochester community more diverse and inclusive.

Taking a spin

Joel Seligman elected to AAAS

University President and CEO Joel Seligman has been elected to membership in one of the country’s oldest and most highly regarded honorary learned societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Noam Chomsky welcomed as Distinguished Visiting Humanist

Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Interfaith Chapel for his public talk.

In Brief

A roundup of news.

Eastman School of Music receives $700,000 to renovate Kilbourn Hall

The renovation plans will preserve Kilbourn Hall’s acoustics while enhancing the audience experience through seating, lighting, and stage upgrades.

Kathy Gallucci tapped for top HR role at Medical Center

Kathleen Gallucci has been named associate vice president for Human Resources at the Medical Center and executive director for human resources for the University.

Humanities programs to benefit from $2 million commitment from alumnus

Joseph Cunningham ’67 (MA) and his wife, Andrea, have committed $2 million to support research, lectures, and public forums within the humanities.


Students show off design solutions

Seniors at the Hajim School showcased more than 70 projects during the annual Design Day.

In Research

A roundup of research news.

Making Headlines

Joshua Dubler awarded Carnegie Fellowship to explore prison abolition

While the question of how to end mass incarceration in the United States has been part of recent political and policy discussions, Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion, is hoping to spark a public conversation about whether the prison itself is a necessary component of modern society.

Awards honor top campus leaders