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Stony Brook Launches 7,100 Graduates in Virtual Ceremony

SBU Home Campusㅣ2020-05-27 09:14

Stony Brook University graduated 7,100 Seawolves in a virtual degree conferral ceremony May 22, sharing spirit and hope in an event marked by the coronavirus crisis.


The Class of 2020 joins the ranks of 200,000 Seawolves worldwide, united by the drive to overcome challenges and ensure a bold new future.


In a recorded speech, Interim President Michael A. Bernstein spoke to the Class of 2020 of a “bittersweet milestone in the best of circumstances, with a pivotal life-chapter ending and an uncertain journey beginning.”


“You are about to become graduates of one of the most prestigious public universities in the world,” Bernstein said. “You are confronting challenges today that are neither easy nor fair. Everything will depend on your resilience. From hardship and even grief, strive to learn, grow, and flourish.”


Degrees conferred this spring include 4,500 Bachelor’s, 1,925 Master’s, 375 Doctorates, 230 Certificates, 125 MDs, and 35 DDS degrees. Forty states and 65 countries were represented among the graduates, who ranged in age from 18 to 71. Many colleges and departments also presented virtual convocations to honor their graduates individually.


The ceremony included remarks by Eric Wertheimer, Dean of the Graduate School, who delivered an acknowledgement of doctoral and advanced degrees, and Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, who congratulated graduates in the medical fields.


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