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2015 Commencement in Numbers, Pictures, Video, and Tweets

May 13, 2015

CommencementThe Graduate School held its Ph.D. hooding ceremony on May 9 at the Durham Convention Center, where 236 Ph.D. students received their diplomas and celebrated with families and friends.

Noted oceanographer and explorer Sylvia A. Earle (M.S.’56, Ph.D.’66) received the Distinguished Alumni Award during the ceremony. Earle, a passionate advocate for ocean conservation, addressed the graduates and encouraged them to make the most of living in a time when they have access to an unprecedented amount of knowledge and are in position to drastically shape the future of the planet (video of her speech).

"This moment in time, as never before, and maybe as never again, is the sweet spot," she said.

Here is a look back at The Graduate School's commencement weekend in numbers, pictures, video, and tweets.

In Numbers

236

 

Ph.D. graduates who attended the hooding ceremony

350

 

Ph.D. graduates for academic year 2014–2015, including a record 192 for the May commencement

451

 

Master’s graduates for academic year 2014–2015

1,680

 

Total attendees at the Ph.D. hooding ceremony

21,749

 

Steps taken at the hooding ceremony by Sondra Ponzi, the lead organizer for the event. That's the equivalent of 8.93 miles!

 

In Pictures

 

 

In Video

 

List of names in order of hooding (PDF)

Time Markers

  • 7:10: Sylvia Earle remarks
  • 24:58: Religion
  • 27:46: Art, Art History and Visual Studies
  • 28:41: Biochemistry
  • 33:31: Biology
  • 36:50: Biomedical Engineering
  • 46:52: Business Administration
  • 49:48: Cell Biology
  • 50:47: Chemistry
  • 54:31: civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 56:09: Classical Studies
  • 56:49: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • 59:47: Computer Science
  • 1:02:40: Cultural Anthropology
  • 1:03:16: Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • 1:03:47: Ecology
  • 1:04:13: Economics
  • 1:08:20: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1:14:26: English
  • 1:17:52: Environment
  • 1:20:57: Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 1:21:25: Genetics and Genomics
  • 1:23:37: History
  • 1:27:05: Immunology
  • 1:29:34: Literature
  • 1:31:38: Marine Science and Conservation
  • 1:34:17: Mathematics
  • 1:37:26: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • 1:42:38: Medical Physics
  • 1:45:02: Molecular Cancer Biology
  • 1:47:10: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • 1:48:49: Music
  • 1:52:24: Neurobiology
  • 1:55:19: Nursing
  • 1:55:50: Pathology
  • 1:58:20: Pharmacology
  • 2:02:35: Philosophy
  • 2:05:54: Physics
  • 2:08:24: Political Science
  • 2:12:22: Psychology and Neuroscience
  • 2:18:38: Public Policy
  • 2:19:40: Romance Studies
  • 2:20:18: Sociology
  • 2:23:26: Statistical Science

 

In Tweets