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Arts, Sciences & Engineering

“Whatever each of you does, I hope you find your own moveable feast,” commemencement speaker and political commentator Chris Matthews told the graduating Class of 2014, urging them to continue to seek to apply their education to their experiences throughout their lives. Matthews was one of several guests and honorees who joined the more than 1,200 graduating students receiving their degrees during the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

  • graduates celebrate Students celebrate as their degrees are conferred during the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement ceremony.
  • students tossing mortarboards in the air New graduates William Vezinaw, Sandeep Ambrose, Sam Beckwith, Natasha Chainani, Veronika Alex, Dan Lucas, Talya Mallin, Taylor Harvey, and Woo Joo Han celebrate by tossing their mortarboards into the air.
  • student playing trombone Alexander Venuti, an applied mathematics major, accompanies students and family members on the trombone during the singing of “The Genesee” on the Eastman Quadrangle.
  • student marshal Kathryn Flaschner Student marshal Kathryn Flaschner gets ready to help lead the graduating class across Eastman Quadrangle to Rush Rhees Library.
  • audience listening on the quad Eastman Quadrangle becomes an outdoor auditorium for the Arts, Sciences & Engineering ceremony each spring.
  • the procession begins Grand Marshal Jesse Moore (left) carries the mace and Laurel Carney carries the baton at the head of the processional for the platform party.
  • board chair Ed Hajim Board Chair Ed Hajim '58 welcomed the graduates to the ceremony and to the alumni family.
  • Joanna Olmsted Joanna Olmsted, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, acknowledges students and their families. President Joel Seligman announced that she was stepping down as dean after 19 years of administrative service.
  • James Wu Speaking on behalf of the graduating class James Wu, president of the Senior Class Council, recounted their four years together and urged them to remember their work together as they moved into the next phase of their lives. In the spirit of a class cheer, he said: “We Are the Class of One Four. Always ’Jackets to the Core.”
  • Barry Meyer Barry Meyer '64, former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, is formally recognized with an honorary doctor of laws degree by President Joel Seligman as Grand Marshal Jesse Moore adjusts the regalia that indicates Meyer's honorary degree.
  • Chris Matthews “Let me suggest that not being so sure of where you’re headed might not be such a bad thing,” said MSNBC political commentator Chris Matthews in his commencement address. “The good news is that life itself can teach you about you, which is a very important subject. If you don’t have a clear hunch about what you want and how to match it with reality, it may come to you later if you find a way to give it a chance. It may be way in the back of your head somewhere, that something you care about but have no earthly idea how to turn into something.”
  • Chris Matthews and crowd Noted political commentator Chris Matthews, the host of the MSNBC TV show Hardball with Chris Matthews, received an honorary doctor of letters degree.
  • decorated mortarboard Mortarboards became decorative works of art . . .
  • decorated mortarboard . . . and places for important messages.
  • celebrating students The confetti flies as the University Wind Symphony strikes up “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
  • students hug in celebration The graduating class meets next year’s senior as Shreya Krishnan hugs Pooja Suresh ’15; Megha Chaudhury hugs Amita Sampath ’15; Heena Haiderali hugs Harleen Girgla ’15.
  • Marriott family The family of Jahron Marriott (center) gather for a portrait with his aunt, Barbara Veiro (left to right), his mother, Loretta Marriott, his father, Melvin Marriott, his aunt, Lurline Veiro, and his cousin and godmother, Sianne Mahoney.
  • selfie with students Andrew Tomich ’16 (holding the phone) takes a photo with fellow Midnight Ramblers and graduating seniors Greg Corrado and Aaron Milchako, along with fellow senior Kristy Harding.
  • hug with students Abhiniti Mittal gets a celebratory hug from friend Cody Civiletto.
  • New Rochester alumni Dean Kennedy, William Ruiz, Kenny Apostolakos, and Tony Ortega celebrate after receiving their degrees.

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