Biology and Biochemistry Commencement - May 2012

CONVOCATION CEREMONY 
May 2012 Commencement Procession 
Taiko Drummer The Biochemistry and Biology Convocation Ceremony on May 18th 2012 honored the graduation of Biochemistry and Biology Majors, Biology Minors and students receiving the Master of Sciences in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, the Masters of Arts in Teaching Biology, the Master of Arts in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology and Evolution or the Master of Arts in Biology with a Concentration in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. More than 300 graduates were joined by families, friends and faculty in a ceremony preceded by entertainment from the Taiko Tides and opened with a procession led by the Saffron Kilts. Bagpiper
The graduates of 2012 were recognized for numerous honors and awards, including five of the fourteen SUNY Chancellor’s Awards given to Stony Brook seniors, 68 Phi Beta Kappa graduates, 116 degrees conferred with distinction, and the individual recognition of eighteen degree candidates for outstanding academic achievement and the completion of an Honors Thesis in Biochemistry or Biology.   BIO Honors 
Commencement Speakers – Mitchell Wortzmann & Malorie Mendoza    
Dr. Mitchell Wortzmann (BS, Biology 1972) returned to Stony Brook to give the Commencement Address. After graduating from Stony Brook, and earning a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California, Dr. Wortzmann took his research skills into the private sector. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Medicis, a leading pharmaceutical company that has attained international recognition for the advancement of sustainability and corporate and social responsibility. His memories of the infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ were translated into calling Stony Brook the ‘Bridge to Everywhere’ for the graduating class of 2012. He encouraged the graduates to ‘just go out and hit the ball’, while also remembering to use their own yardsticks to measure success.   
Speakers and Audience   
The graduates were also addressed by Ms Malorie Mendoza (BS, Biology 2012) a fellow graduate selected as the student speaker by representatives from the Undergraduate Biology Student Advisory Board. Malorie opened with quotes from Good Will Hunting on the perceived insanity of studying organic chemistry for fun and kept the good times rolling with memories of isopods, clicker questions and all nighters and then sealed the deal by reminding her classmates to ‘question and doubt everything you think you already know’ while jumping up to the next level in their lives with excitement and pride.   
Three Graduates 

We are proud to welcome the 2012 Graduates to the
community of Stony Brook alumni and look forward with
eager anticipation to hearing of their accomplishments!

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