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Commencement 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 16, 2016) -- More than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the University at Albany’s 172nd Commencement ceremonies, Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15.

On Saturday, Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath received an honorary degree and spoke to the graduates, while U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer also stopped by to wish the graduates well.

On Sunday, Eric Jolly, CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, served as keynote speaker for the undergraduate ceremony, while Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence winner Cristian Palma delivered the student address.

In addition to the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies, commencement activities included the Lavender Graduation, honoring the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students and supporters and Torch Night, the ceremonial transition from student to alumni that includes a passing of the torch of knowledge as seniors are symbolically welcomed into the Alumni Association. International students also celebrated their successes at the inaugural International Student Graduation Celebration held in the Campus Center on Friday.

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