2021 Commencement on a Sunny Afternoon
UB resumed in-person commencement this year, with the School of Public Health and Health Professions gathering on a sunshine filled May 15. Some 250 students, doctoral, master’s level and bachelor’s level, gathered under a massive tent on North Campus to receive their diplomas, hear words of encouragement from speakers Dr. Thomas Russo, professor and chief, Infectious Disease/Department of Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and SUNY Distinguished Professor Gary Giovino, PhD ‘87, and pose for post-conferral photos with a professional photographer.
All told, SPHHP awarded—in person and virtually--56 doctoral degrees, 168 master’s degrees and 213 undergraduate degrees at the ceremony. While state mandates for masking and distancing meant a different kind of celebration, new graduates and their guests filled the atmosphere with excitement, happiness and satisfaction with a job well done.