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Doctoral Degree Ceremony

Students receiving doctoral degrees from all of the University's schools were recognized in a ceremony held in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Saturday, May 18. Two hundred and forty six students were awarded doctoral degrees this spring.

  • graduates sitting in the audience at Eastman Theatre Degree candidates listen to President Joel Seligman's opening remarks.
  • three students in caps and gowns leaning over the balcony Before the ceremony, candidates check out Kodak Hall from the balcony of the historic theater.
  • small crowd of students looking at their cellphones Shanshan Pei (right) talks to his family in Anhui province, China, while other students check their phones before the ceremony gets under way.
  • student raises his arms in triump as he crosses the stage Peter Caprariello celebrates as Dean Paul Burgett calls his name to receive his PhD in psychology.
  • President Seligman and professor Richard Aslin on the stage President Joel Seligman prepares to introduce Richard Aslin, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and director of the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education. Aslin, whose research examines behavioral and neural development in infants and young children, has been at the forefront of understanding the development of cognitive abilities in babies, particularly in visual perception and language.
  • Professor Govind Agrawal stands at the podium Professor Govind Agrawal of the Institute of Optics addresses the graduates after receiving the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Throughout his nearly 25-year teaching career, Agrawal has been recognized as a mentor, with his former graduate students often referring to him as the father of their successful careers.
  • Professor John Aldrich stands at the podium Duke University professor John Aldrich ’75 (PhD) received the University's Distinguished Scholar Award, given in recognition of alumni whose careers in academia, industry, government, or the arts have exemplified the values of the University. Aldrich is a leading scholar of American political behavior and institutions.
  • Douglas Lowry stands at the podium Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, presents candidates for doctoral degrees in music.
  • Raffaella Borasi walks to the podium Warner School of Education Dean Raffaella Borasi introduces the candidates for doctoral degrees in education.
  • large crowd of graduates waving to their families Newly minted recipients of PhDs, EdDs, DMAs, and DNPs wave to family and loved ones after receiving their degrees.
  • students marching up the aisles of Kpdak Hall The University's historic Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is the setting for several ceremonies—that's the doctoral degree ceremony—over the three-day commencement weekend.
  • a graduating student hugs his friend Shanshan Pei (right) hugs his friend, Xiao Wang, after receiving his PhD in genetics.
  • group of graduates poses for a photo Microbiology doctoral degree recipients gather for a photo outside Eastman Theatre.

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