A week after graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021, Clarkson celebrated the Class of 2020 with their commencement ceremony on May 22 in Cheel Arena.
This Commencement ceremony recognized the 949 May 2020, August 2019 and December 2019 graduates, who have earned 22 doctor of philosophy degrees, 20 doctor of physical therapy degrees, 263 master’s degrees, eight advanced certificates and 636 bachelor’s degrees, as well as two honorary degree recipients. Two student and two faculty members were also recognized for awards they received.
In addition to the graduating students, receiving honorary doctor of science degrees and addressing students, families and guests were W. John Kress, distinguished scientist and curator emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and Nagi G. Naganathan MS‘81, president of Oregon Institute of Technology.
Build on Your Relationships
Kress spoke about climate change and how the Class of 2020 can help. “You, the graduating class, are the generation that must be at the vanguard of a global movement to promote change in a right direction. It is most important that you as emerging citizens of our planet should graduate from Clarkson University with a new awareness and concern for the Earth,” he said.
Naganathan spoke about how one never quite knows what lies ahead in their lives, as illustrated by the events of 2020.
“You all handled it beautifully in 2020 when it came up and to deal with a pandemic too, and persisting and graduating too. I am very proud to be a part of this 125 year storied history of Clarkson and I am deeply grateful for the start I got here. One thing I want to leave you with; build on the relationships you have made here, they will go a long way,” he said.
Class of 2021
Clarkson University awarded nearly 750 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students from 26 states, 19 countries and 52 New York state counties at its spring 2021 commencement on Saturday, May 15. This Commencement ceremony also recognized the 280 August and December 2020 graduates.
The weekend was also marked by the commissioning of United States Army and United States Air Force officers on Friday.
Amber Stephenson, an associate professor of healthcare management in Clarkson University's Reh School of Business, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award.
Shane Rogers, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in Clarkson University's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Senior John (Jack) Garrett of Marblehead, Mass., was awarded the Levinus Clarkson Award, and senior Isabella Grasso of Portland, ME., received the Frederica Clarkson Award. Both are $1,000 prizes given to "a student who demonstrates the best combination of scholarship and promise of outstanding professional achievement."