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Commencement 2022: Here’s What You Need to Know
Graduates, it’s time to celebrate your accomplishments! Invite your family and friends, don your cap and gown, and meet you at the stadium for Commencement 2022.
Syracuse University’s Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 15, beginning with the degree candidates’ procession at 9:30 a.m.
David Muir, anchor and managing editor of “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir,” will deliver the Commencement address.
School and college convocations and Commencement will also be livestreamed. Visit the Commencement website May 12-15 to view the ceremonies online. The College of Law held its Commencement exercises during a ceremony Friday, May 6.
At Sunday’s Commencement, Syracuse University will confer bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, juris doctor and master of laws degrees. The number of students expected to graduate is 6,468.
Syracuse University Chancellor and President Kent Syverud will address the graduates and confer degrees. Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Gretchen Ritter will give the welcome.
The University will award honorary degrees to four distinguished recipients: Nina V. Fedoroff ’66, a molecular biologist who has contributed to the development of modern techniques used to study and modify plants and an Emeritus Evan Pugh Professor of the Pennsylvania State University; Thomas Magnanti ’67, former dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering and Institute Professor and professor of operations research at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Howard “Howie” Phanstiel ’70, G’71, past chairman and CEO of PacifiCare Health Systems and a Syracuse University Life Trustee; and Gloria Somolekae G’94, senior research fellow and head of the governance unit for the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis.
Bea González G’04, former vice president for community engagement, special assistant to the chancellor and dean of University College, will serve as mace bearer.
Tadodaho Sidney Hill, of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, will give the ceremonial opening. The Rev. Dr. Brian E. Konkol, dean of Hendricks Chapel, will give the invocation. Ryan McNaughton ’96, president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association, will offer a welcome to the newest alumni.
Student Marshals and Scholars
Representing the Class of 2022, Ava Breitbeck and Morgan Storino are the senior class marshals and will lead graduates during the ceremony. Originally from Cicero, New York, Breitbeck, a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program, is majoring in physics and political science in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Storino, who is from Easton, Pennsylvania, is a chemistry and citizenship and civic engagement major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School, and is a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Programs.
Along with the all-University marshals, 23 student marshals represent the 13 schools and colleges at Syracuse University. The marshals will lead the degree candidates of their respective schools or colleges.
Twelve seniors have been designated as Syracuse University Scholars. This is the highest undergraduate honor the University bestows. University Scholar Ghael Fobes Mora was selected as the student speaker on behalf of the Class of 2022.
Retiring faculty members who have been recommended to receive the title of emeritus by the University Senate to the Syracuse University Board of Trustees will be recognized by Jamie L. Winders, associate provost for faculty affairs.
The University Marshal is Shiu-Kai Chin ’75, G’78, G’86, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Associate University Marshal is James K. Duah-Agyeman G’99, director of Multicultural Affairs.
Also during the ceremonies, Army and Air Force ROTC cadets will present the colors.
The Syracuse University Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of conductor Bradley P. Ethington.
The national anthem will be sung by John Bentley ’22, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Jada Crawford ’22, College of Visual and Performing Arts, will sing the alma mater.
2022 Graduate GIF Stickers
Continue the celebration on social media: Add to your Instagram or Snapchat stories with digital swag. Search for the latest Syracuse University GIF sticker suite on either platform using the keyword “#SUGrad22.”
Check out the rest of @SyracuseU’s GIF sticker offerings, made for any occasion, by searching “Syracuse University.”
Welcome to the Orange Alumni Family
Graduates can check out programming for new alumni as part of #SUGrad22 SUccess Week—an exclusive welcome to the Orange alumni family. Visit the Alumni Association website for in-person and virtual events.
More information about Commencement 2022 can be found at commencement.syr.edu.