Syracuse University Magazine

Commencement 2011


The University celebrated its 157th Commencement on May 15 in the Carrier Dome. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

Degrees Awarded: SU, 5,459; SU College of Law, 194; SUNY ESF, 582.

Class Marshals: Justin Michael Cole, the College of Arts and Sciences; Katherine L. Lewinski, the College of Arts and Sciences.

Student Speaker: University Scholar Teresa M. Soldner, the College of Arts and Sciences.

Honorary Doctoral Degree Recipients: John H. Chapple ’75, chairman emeritus, SU Board of Trustees, business executive, and philanthropist; Nicholas Donofrio G’71, retired IBM innovation and technology executive and SU trustee; Jessie C. Gruman, president, Center for Advancing Health; Ei-ichi Negishi, 2010 Nobel Prize recipient, H.C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue, and former SU faculty member; J. Craig Venter, genomic research pioneer; Gerardine Wurzburg, Academy Award-winning documentary film producer.

Commencement Speaker: J. Craig Venter

Quoting Venter: “Most of you have no clue as to what unique challenges and highly motivating, life-altering experiences and events lay in your path. I can only ask and hope that some of you will not get swallowed up into your everyday existence, but rather these incredible challenges for our future will incite you to want to change that future. Change is 100 percent dependent on motivated individuals.” 

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