Syracuse University Magazine

2014 Commencement

2014 Commencement


Here are some highlights of the 160th Commencement of Syracuse University and the 117th Commencement of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, held jointly on May 11 in the Carrier Dome:

Degrees Conferred: SU, 5,155; ESF, 575

Class Marshals: Stephen Rathbun, Falk College; Leo Wong, Newhouse School

Student Speaker: Molly Linhorst, College of Arts and Sciences/Maxwell School

Honorary Doctoral Recipients: Bruce M. Alberts, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, former president of National Academy of Sciences (Doctor of Science); David Remnick, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and editor of The New Yorker (Doctor of Humane Letters); Roy Simmons Jr. ’59, former head coach of SU men’s lacrosse team, artist and sculptor (Doctor of Fine Arts).

Commencement Speaker: David Remnick

Quoting Remnick: I said I wanted to speak of the demands on you of vision. What I mean is that the rate and the way the world advances is dependent on us and now most definitely, as of this day, on you. Nothing is inevitable. If this day means anything, it means that you are now in the contingent of the responsible. You must be kind, yes, but you must also look beyond your own house. We’re depending on you for your efforts and your vision. We are depending on your eye and your imagination to identify what wrongs exist and persist, and on your hands, your backs, your efforts to right them.


There was no shortage of cheers and celebrations from the Class of 2014 at Commencement. The graduates heard from New Yorker editor David Remnick (left), and many took time for the traditional photo with the Chancellor on the steps of Hendricks Chapel (below, Chancellor Kent Syverud and his wife, Dr. Ruth Chen, pose with a graduate).





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