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Commencement 2010 - SU's 156th and SUNY-ESF's 113th exercises May 16

May 10, 2010

Sara Miller
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Syracuse University, in its 156th Commencement, will celebrate the graduation of 4,760 degree candidates on Sunday, May 16, in the Carrier Dome. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in its 113th Commencement exercises, will confer 537 degrees as part of the joint ceremony. 

Commencement exercises will begin at 9:30 a.m., with class, school and college marshals leading degree candidates into the Carrier Dome. The ceremony will be webcast live, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Viewers will need to have Adobe Flash Player for the live webcast, available via free download at The archived webcast will be available on Monday, May 17.  

Nancy Weatherly Sharp, professor of newspaper journalism in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, will serve as mace bearer and head the academic procession that includes University Marshal Sandra N. Hurd, SU associate provost for academic programs, acting dean of the Graduate School, and professor of law and public policy in the Whitman School of Management; Associate University Marshal Shiu-Kai Chin, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science; the newly named emeriti faculty; current faculty; administrators; academic deans; members of the Board of Trustees; and the ROTC Color Guard. 

The Chancellor’s party will include SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor; SUNY-ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy Jr.; Commencement speaker Jamie Dimon; the honorary degree recipients and their sponsors; SU Board of Trustees Chair John H. Chapple; SUNY-ESF Board of Trustees Chair William L. McGarry Jr.; and Lawrence D. Bashe, president of the SU Alumni Association. 

SU Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina will preside. The Rev. Tiffany L. Steinwert, dean of Hendricks Chapel, will deliver the invocation, and Leila A. Gheitu, a graduating senior who will receive a degree in music in vocal performance from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will sing the national anthem. Cantor, Murphy and Bashe will offer greetings. 

Syracuse University Scholar Sarah DiGiulio, a magazine journalism and political science double major in the Newhouse School and The College of Arts and Sciences, will speak, and Dimon’s address will follow. 

Cantor and Spina will confer honorary degrees upon Dimon, Elizabeth Catlett, Gerald B. Cramer ‘52, Claire Mintzer Fagin, Ronald Meyer and George Allen Weiss. 

Cantor and Murphy will then confer doctoral degrees upon SU and SUNY-ESF candidates, followed by the conferral of master’s degrees and certificates of advanced study. 

Spina will recognize SU Class of 2010 Marshals Kate Pettitt Callahan, a nutrition and policy studies double major in the College of Human Ecology and The College of Arts and Sciences, and Timeka N. Williams, a double major in magazine journalism in the Newhouse School and international relations in The College of Arts and Sciences, along with the University Scholars and the SUNY-ESF Scholars. 

Cantor and Murphy will then confer associate and baccalaureate degrees. 

Michael Kuhn, a graduating senior who will receive a bachelor’s degree in music from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will conclude the ceremony with the singing of the alma mater. 

The SU Brass Ensemble, under the direction of James T. Spencer, professor of chemistry in The College of Arts and Sciences, will provide processional music. W. John Hottenstein, professor emeritus of television, radio, and film in the Newhouse School, will be the announcer. 

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