Ceremonies a Commencement Highlight
by Christy DeLaMater
Individual recognition ceremonies
continued this year to be a highlight of commencement
weekend. Graduating students heard their names
called out at departmental, school, and college
ceremonies held throughout the weekend of May
15 and 16.
“Our ceremony is full of recognition,”
said Vincent Idone, chair of the Department of
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and coordinator
of the department’s more personalized ceremony.
“Each graduate receives a certificate of achievement,
signed personally by all of our faculty members.”
In addition to the ceremony itself,
the department organizes a special dinner at a
local restaurant the night before commencement.
“Most students and faculty attend, which is especially
poignant because each student pays for his or
her own dinner. Following dinner, the students
‘roast’ us, and we always come out of there ‘crisp.’
It’s a hoot!”
In the Department of Languages, Literatures, and
Cultures, the personal touch is also stressed.
Arlene Ticano, assistant to the chair and commencement
“Just as we did last year, we honored
all graduates with a bouquet of flowers and a
certificate during our formal ceremony. We also
held a reception for the graduates and their families
following the ceremony.”
At the Rockefeller College of Public
Affairs and Policy, graduates were addressed by
the Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, associate judge
for the New York Court of Appeals, who was keynote
speaker. Her husband, Edward Winders, ’70 and
’98, is a graduate of the doctoral program in
political science and is active in alumni activities,
according to Pina Smith, secretary to the dean
and commencement coordinator.