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Chem 2020 commencement

2021 Virtual Chemistry Convocation, May 21st 2021

Program for 2021 

Message from Distinguished Professor Dr. Peter Tonge, Chair of the Chemistry Department

Prof. Peter Tonge

Congratulations to the class of 2021!

I am looking forward to welcoming you and your families to our Chemistry Department’s 51st Convocation. This year, we will continue to hold our commencement ceremony online.  You have faced unprecedented challenges this year but you have succeeded, and we wish you all the best for the next stage of your journey.

Message from Dr. Nicole Sampson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Congratulations Department of Chemistry Class of 2021 and to the parents, partners, siblings, and friends who supported them. Thank you for joining us to honor our students and be a part of this special celebration. 

The past year has brought new challenges that many of us have never experienced in our lives. And yet here we are, celebrating your journey and looking forward to your next chosen path, while certainly never forgetting your last year at Stony Brook University.

I applaud each of you, our amazing Seawolves! Our courageous, tenacious and dedicated students who did not lose sight of the finish line, eager to complete this phase of your education and achieve your dreams. Our next wave of leaders.

Today, toss your virtual caps in the air. You made it! Be safe and well. 


Dean Sampson   

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Department Convocation Slide Show

This slide show congratulating all of our graduating undergraduate and graduate students was shown before the ceremony.



Department Convocation Video:

The Department Convocation will be streamed to YouTube starting at 8 am on Friday, May 21st. The link will be activated before the ceremony on Friday morning.



Student Awards:

Undergraduate awards

Graduate awards



Commencement Address: "Never Stop Discovering Yourself."

Dr. Ingrid Yin

Dr. Ingrid Yin
Stony Brook Chemistry Ph.D., 2002
Co-Founder,  Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager
MayTech Global Investments

Graduate Student Speakers:

Gerard Mattei

Killian Tallman

Undergraduate Student Speakers:

Taraneh Daryaee

Piyusha Lotlikar

Pat Herley Memorial Joke  (The history of the Pat Herley memorial joke, An Element of Humor)

Professor Joseph Lauher

We are ceremony 2 in the series of in-person University commencement ceremonies:

Wednesday, May 19, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, LaValle Stadium      

 University Commencement 2021

Look back at 2020:

Virtual Chemistry Convocation 2020