The main graduation ceremony for the University of Rochester takes place Sunday morning with the first female Nobel laureate from UR giving the commencement address.
Exercises for the colleges of arts, sciences and engineering begin at 9 a.m. on the grassy quad before the Rush Rhees Library overlooking the Genesee River. A crowd of more than 6,000, including 1,200 graduates, is expected at the ceremonies where physicist Donna Strickland will present the commencement address.
Strickland, who now teaches at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for work she did while a doctorate candidate at the University of Rochester. The university will also present Strickland with the George Eastman Medal, recognizing outstanding achievement and dedicated service.
Other speakers at the ceremony include UR President Richard Feldman, board of trustees Chairman Rich Handler, and a member of the class of 2019.
Academic department ceremonies will continue later in the day.
The UR schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing are holding ceremonies on Friday. A ceremony for students earning doctorate degrees will be Saturday. The Eastman School of Music’s exercises are scheduled for later Sunday morning.
Additional information on all the graduation exercises at UR, including links for watching them on live stream, is available on its website.
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