As thousands of proud family members and friends stood and applauded the more than 6,400 Syracuse University students who had their degrees conferred inside the JMA Wireless Dome for this year’s Commencement ceremony, their thoughts were on celebrating this momentous…
Message From Chancellor Kent Syverud
Dear Members of the Orange Community:
This weekend, we all were horrified to learn of the 10 lives that were stolen in an act fueled by hatred and racism. In this case, it hits especially close to home, impacting our neighbors in Western New York in a predominantly Black community. Among the victims of this mass shooting are two residents from Central New York—one from Syracuse and another from Auburn. For their loved ones, the loss of these 10 individuals is incalculable. The hatred that emboldened this violence is incomprehensible. The ideology of white supremacy that led to this horrific violence is repugnant beyond words.
I know the Orange community shares my anger and deep sadness. Our hearts are with those individuals and families impacted by this senseless loss of life, as well as the entire Buffalo community.
Chancellor Kent Syverud