Graduates Celebrate 151st Commencement
Cultural and ecological wastefulness go hand in hand and should be guarded against, Jarold Ramsey, professor emeritus of English, told the Class of 2001 during ceremonies marking Rochester's 151st Commencement.
Ramsey, who delivered the keynote address during the bachelor's and master's degree ceremony on May 20, urged graduates to make spiritual and environmental conservation a "habit of mind" as they proceed through life.
"Cultivating and conserving the apparently inexhaustible but often wasted resources of the human spirit may well teach us how to better conserve the all-too-clearly limited and exhaustible resources of the world around, under, and above us," said Ramsey, a noted expert on American Indian literatures. (For a fuller account of Ramsey's speech, click here.)
Also addressing the bachelor's and master's degree candidates during the ceremony on the Eastman Quadrangle was Galway Kinnell '49 (MA), a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who received the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal. The University's highest alumni award, the medal recognizes professional achievements and public service.
In all, the University conferred a total of 2,143 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees during last spring's ceremonies.
At the doctoral degree commencement on May 19, Karen Brown '61, '72 (PhD), acting under secretary for technology in the Technology Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, received a Graduate Scholar Award.
Antonia Novello, health commissioner for New York and a former U.S. Surgeon General, delivered the keynote address and received an honorary degree during the School of Medicine and Dentistry's ceremony on May 27.
Michael Jensen, the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at Harvard University, delivered the Commencement address to Simon School graduates on June 10. Jensen, a former member of the Simon faculty who founded the Journal of Financial Economics while at Rochester, received an honorary degree.
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