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University of Rochester News for Parents, April 2016
April 2016: Commencement; norovirus update; financial aid deadline; Day of Giving; health and wellness magazine; antiracism video; performing arts for all


University Celebrates Commencement on May 15

Arts, Sciences & Engineering will hold its commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 15, on the Eastman Quadrangle. Students will receive their diplomas at departmental diploma ceremonies that take place after the main ceremony. The Eastman School of Music commencement begins at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 15, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Visit the University’s Commencement 2016 website for details on commencement activities, parking, and frequently asked questions.

Gifts Support Kilbourn Hall Renovations

Two gifts totaling $700,000 will provide support for substantial renovations to the Eastman School of Music’s historic Kilbourn Hall. The Avangrid Foundation has committed $400,000 to the project, and the Kenneth and Myra Monfort Charitable Foundation Inc. will contribute $300,000. Kilbourn Hall, which serves as the primary location for Eastman’s faculty, student, and guest artist recitals, also plays host to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and the First Niagara Fringe Festival and has welcomed legendary artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Ron Carter, and Dave Brubeck. Read more...

UHS Reports Progress in Response to Norovirus

University Health Service reports continued progress in the University’s response to the Norovirus outbreak. The number of new Norovirus-like cases being reported by students each day is in the single digits. Despite the positive trend, University health officials stress the need for the community to not let its guard down too soon, as norovirus outbreaks at other institutions have sometimes shown a resurgence after having appeared to be over. Residence hall students should continue to wash their hands regularly and use disinfectant wipes on surfaces in their rooms. View previous notices about Norovirus sent to the University community.

Health Insurance for Graduating Seniors

University Health Service reminds parents that now is a good time to plan for health care for students after graduation. Graduates on their parent’s insurance plan can usually continue until age 26. Graduates who are enrolled on the University-sponsored student health insurance plan automatically continue their worldwide coverage through July 31, 2016. Ending coverage for students as a result of graduation is a “qualifying life event,” which allows enrollment in other plans effective August 1. It's generally best to find a plan that has a network of providers where the student will be living or one that offers nationwide coverage. Visit for more information.

Financial Aid Deadline Approaching

Financial aid applications for returning students are due Monday, May 2. To check if there are any outstanding application materials, your student can review the “Required Documents” tab in his or her FAOnline account.

Double Your Impact on 'Day of Giving'

Join the University community for the second annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 3. A gift of any amount can be designated to any area of the University, including the Parents Fund. All gifts received on the Day of Giving will be matched by Stephen Givant ’81, up to a total of $100,000.

Online Health and Wellness Magazine Offered

The UHS Health Promotion Office provides students with Student Health 101, a monthly online health and wellness magazine, and an accompanying online magazine, the Student Advocate, for parents. Previous issues are available on the University Health Service website.


'What I Did on My Summer Vacation'

“Summer vacation is an important time for college students to recharge. But it is also an optimum time to reflect and plan ahead,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

Resources for students:
The College Center for Advising Services
Eastman’s Office of Academic Affairs

Student Life

Irfan Bashir Wins Antiracism Video Contest

A three-minute video called “Meliora,” created by Irfan Bashir ’19, features University students of different races and nationalities holding signs with phrases that illustrate the multiple cultures and ethnicities found on campus. The video was awarded first place in the University’s antiracism video contest. Read more...

Squash Team Has Four All-Americans

For the second straight year and only the third time in the 58-year history of the University’s squash program, Rochester has four All-Americans, named by the College Squash Association: juniors Ryosei Kobayashi and Mario Yanez Tapia, senior Neil Cordell, and sophomore Tomotaka Endo.

Rochester Team Wins Second Place in Venture Challenge

NullSpace VR—represented by Morgan Sinko ’16, Lucian Copeland ’15, ’16 (KEY), and Jordan Brooks ’15—won second place in the 2016 Rochester Venture Challenge. The team earned $5,000 cash and $2,500 rent credit for space at High Tech Rochester's Lennox Tech Enterprise Center. Twenty-nine companies in the greater Rochester region entered this year's competition. Read more...

Generations Join Forces to Bring Digital Archive to Life

An intergenerational team of “citizen archivists”—led by Thomas Slaughter, the Arthur R. Miller Professor of History, and with the wide-ranging support of librarians at the River Campus Libraries—is working to bring to light the papers from 19th-century American politician and Secretary of State William Henry Seward and his family. Read more... 

Student Life Awards Honor Top Campus Leaders

Nineteen individuals and four groups are being honored at the annual Student Life Awards dinner. The awards, also known as "the Rockys," recognize undergraduate students who have significantly and positively affected the University or surrounding community through service to others, investment of talent and time, and pursuit of excellence. Read more...

Bringing the Performing Arts to All Students

The University’s Institute for Performing Arts is turning the spotlight on a performing arts scene that is already “vital and exciting,” says director John Covach. Read more...

Hartnett Gallery a Learning Tool for Students, Campus Community

The Hartnett Gallery Committee is a group of undergraduate student volunteers with a variety of academic interests who have one trait in common—the desire to bring art and dialogue to the campus community. Read more...

Regional Events

Parents, You Are Always Welcome!


Online Events

Registration is required for these upcoming career programs (all times EST).    

What Else Is Happening on Campus?

Check the University Events Calendar for a comprehensive list of happenings at the River Campus, Eastman School of Music, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.
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