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Eastman School of Music

The Eastman School of Music recognized more than 250 students who received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as part of the school’s commencement celebrations in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Sunday, May 18.

  • student fixing her cap in a mirror Myungjin Ahn takes a moment to adjust her regalia before the ceremony.
  • students walking down the stairs in a blur It’s showtime! The candidates proceed down the steps into Kodak Hall.
  • students in the audience laughing The candidates listen to Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School, address the Class of 2014: “You graduate with more than a degree and more than an education. You graduate with the power to transform the world.”
  • Jamal Rossi wearing a Spider Man t-shirt under his academic regalia Jamal Rossi concluded his address by saying, “There’s a little Spider Man in all of us,” referencing the filming of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in front of Kodak Hall last summer.
  • student making a speech at the podium Kimberly Merrill, voice major and president of the Eastman Students’ Association, reminded her fellow graduates that, “In the end, you don’t just play the piece correctly. You make music.”
  • professor making a speech at the podium Jonathan Baldo, professor of English, receives the Eastman School’s Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Quoting Plutarch, he told the candidates, “May the twin fires of education and music light all of your hearts.”
  • professor making a speech at the podium William Marvin, associate professor of musoic theory, received the University’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
  • commencement speaker at the podium Commencement speaker Samuel Hope ’67 received the Eastman Alumni Achievement Award. His speech’s refrain advised the candidates to “stick with the large reality that music teaches.”
  • trombone players performing The Eastman Trombone Choir, directed by John Marcellus, performs.
  • student hugging a professor Ethan Chiampas hugs Professor James VanDeMark after receiving his degree.
  • graduates turning their tassels The graduates turn their tassels, signaling that they have transitioned from candidates to graduates.
  • student celebrates, pointing to the Eastman School of Music sign Embodying the post-commencement spirit of celebration, Ivana Martinic strikes a pose by the Eastman sign.

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