Thursday, May 17, 2012

COMMENCEMENT 2012 Congratulations Graduates! LIVE on WUSB 11 a.m. Friday

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President StanleyCommencement Message from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD
Congratulations, graduates. This celebration marks a significant milestone in your academic career, and Stony Brook University takes enormous pride in your success. You have worked hard to earn a degree from one of the finest universities in the world–an institution that boasts the best and brightest students and takes seriously its commitment to producing graduates who are prepared to be productive citizens and use their knowledge, energy and individual talents to make a positive impact on the world.
congrats graduates
On Friday, May 18, 2012, Stony Brook will celebrate our 52nd Commencement. The main exercises will begin at 11:00 am in the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Doctoral Graduation Hooding Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 2:00 pm in the Staller Center. Honorary doctorates will be granted to Glenn Dubin, Richard J. Gambino, Sister Margaret Ann Landry and James Salter. Dubin, a Stony Brook alumnus and philanthropist, will deliver the Commencement address.
You have a strong academic foundation, and it is our hope that your Stony Brook experience has also taught you tolerance, acceptance and respect for other people’s contributions, cultures and traditions in strengthening our unique tapestry. You, too, are now woven into the fabric of our world-class university, which is proud of its distinction as the most diverse among SUNY’s 64 campuses, and is, indeed one of the most diverse institutions in the country.
As a new graduate, you join the distinguished ranks of more than 150,000 alumni around the globe who have earned degrees from Stony Brook. We hope that you will always cherish fond memories of your experience as a Seawolf and that you will continue to maintain the same commitment to excellence that has always been the hallmark of this great institution. Just know that wherever you travel and wherever you pursue your life’s work, Stony Brook will always be your home, and in the years ahead the bonds between us will be further strengthened.
Although you may see this as the end of a significant chapter in your life, this is only a beginning. As a graduate of Stony Brook University, you represent an important part of our future, and we are confident that it is in good hands. As you move on to new challenges and opportunities, we wish you the very best the world has to offer, and thank you for giving us the opportunity to contribute to your academic growth and development and your personal goals and dreams.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD