Syracuse University Magazine

2016 Commencement

2016 Commencement

Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry held Commencement on May 15 in the Carrier Dome. It was the 162nd Commencement for SU and the 119th for SUNY ESF. Here are some highlights:

Degrees Conferred: SU, 5,470; ESF, 466; SU College of Law, 201 (May 13)

Class Marshals: Alexis Peña, College of Engineering and Computer Science; Tatiana Williams, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Student Speaker: Kaitlyn Elizabeth Hobson, Newhouse School/College of Arts and Sciences

Honorary Doctoral Recipients: Kevin Bell ’74, president and CEO of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoological Society (Doctor of Science); Floyd Little ’67, college and pro football hall of famer, special assistant to SU athletics director (Doctor of Humane Letters); Donald E. Newhouse ’51, president of Advance Publications (Doctor of Letters); Tobias Wolff, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, former SU faculty member, 1980-97 (Doctor of Humane Letters).

Commencement Speaker: Donald E. Newhouse

Quoting Newhouse:

"Your education here—and the education that I hope will be a continuing process in your lives—is an essential part of the equipment you will need both to contribute as professionals to the greater community and also to help you live your lives, your personal lives, in a thoughtful, productive, and decent way.”

RS486182_1SU_3113.jpgCommencement Speaker: Donald E. Newhouse






Student Speaker: Kaitlyn Elizabeth Hobson, Newhouse School/College of Arts and Sciences



RS485793_DPB_0756.jpgHonorary doctoral recipients Tobias Wolff (left) and Floyd Little ’67

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