Almost 1,700 diplomas awarded at launch ceremony on December 24 |
Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis congratulated nearly 1,700 graduates at the university’s annual graduation ceremony, held Dec. 17 at the Island Federal Arena.
âGraduates, you learned and grew more during your time in college than anyone could have anticipated,â McInnis said in his opening speech. âThe pandemic period has been difficult. It was unexpected. And it was difficult. And yet you took on every challenge with the kind of bravery and creativity that I expect from this course.
December graduates joined over 200,000 Stony Brook alumni around the world.
A brass ensemble performance featuring student musicians Brian Olson, Daniel Jones, Noah Fotis, Michael Stanton and Taylor Peterson greeted guests as they entered the arena. Richard Larson, President of the University Senate, led the procession and began the ceremony by introducing Michaela Larsen, who sang the national anthem. Larson then introduced several special guests, including New York State Senator Mario Mattera and New York State Assembly Member Steven Englebright, University Council members and student government leaders.
McInnis followed with his opening speech, highlighting the 2021 class’s accomplishments and scholarship.
“I noticed one thing in particular about this unique group of graduates, âshe said. âYou think about the future very seriously. As with all of our sea dogs, you think about your role in the world, your hopes and dreams in relation to everyone around you – and most importantly, you think about what kind of life you want to live.
US Senator Charles Schumer delivered his congratulations via a video message, telling graduates that while the challenges of the moment are unique, “nothing can take away the fact that you graduated from such a great institution of higher education. “.
Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Monica Bugallo and the Dean of the Graduate School and Vice-Provost for Higher and Professional Education Eric Wertheimer respectively chaired the hood of doctoral and doctoral students .
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Harold Paz hooded the Dec. 1 candidate of the Renaissance School of Medicine, inviting new physician Patrick Yang to recite the Hippocratic Oath. Wertheimer then introduced the candidates for the master’s degree.
Vice President of Student Affairs Rick Gatteau introduced student speaker Julia Doret, a sociology major, who said she knew when she arrived on campus that she would always have support for Stony Brook. She encouraged her fellow graduates not to worry about the future.
âYou didn’t know what your life would be like four or five years ago, but here you are today graduating from Stony Brook University,â she said. “It’s okay if you don’t know now – you’ll get there – and when you do, you’ll realize what I did the first time on campus.” You have never been and will never be lost. You will always succeed.
Bugallo returned to present the candidates with honors, and then all of the candidates were presented to McInnis, who conferred their degrees. Ahmed Belazi, President of the Alumni Association, welcomed the new graduates, and the ceremony ended with a video message from the association and a performance by Stony Brook’s alma mater, âSandy Shoreâ.
At the end of her remarks, Ms. McInnis congratulated the graduates, admiring them for the way they have allowed themselves to be shaped by their diverse experiences and perspectives. “You have come to define a new era of scholarship and innovation, one that unfolds with care, with community and with respect, âsaid McInnis. âI can’t think of a better and more needed addition to the world. “