More than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students joined the UAlbany alumni family upon receiving their degrees Spring Commencement Weekend, May 13-15.
The 2016 undergraduate class hailed from 22 states and 20 countries, including China, France and Pakistan, and students received degrees in 56 different majors. Females made up 53 percent of the class, and 21 veterans graduated. The average student age was 23 – with the youngest graduating student 19 and the oldest 68.
Graduate students hailed from 22 states and 24 countries, including China, India and Saudi Arabia. The average age was 29; the youngest graduating student was age 21, and the oldest was 61. Seventeen veterans graduated.
UAlbany was honored to host longtime friend and supporter Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) at both the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.
On Friday, Aug. 26, the University at Albany welcomed more than 2,700 freshmen and almost 1,400 transfer students at the Opening Convocation. The SEFCU Arena was awash in gold, as incoming students heard from fellow student Madeeha Khan (anticipated graduation date 2018), President Robert J. Jones, and Vice Provost Jeanette Altarriba, who led faculty, staff, and students through statements of affirmation.
For the first time ever, all incoming students formed the letter “A” on Bob Ford Field at Casey Stadium for their all-class photo. Students later walked to the President’s Welcome Picnic, held on the Academic Podium.