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2020 Virtual Degree Conferral Celebration

Message from the Chair

Hello graduates!  Stony Brook is a different place than when you entered.  The South P lot has been turned into a coronavirus testing center.  Your soccer fields are covered by hospital tents.  Your classes suddenly went online mid-semester. This is not the graduation you expected.

Most of the philosophers you have studied worked so intently because they thought a new world was coming.  You don’t have a choice; it’s already here. But whatever you go on to do, your skills in philosophy will help.  What sense will you make of this new world?  What ideas will you have?  What will inspire you?

We faculty in the department are proud of you.  We know that you are imaginative and creative.  We are sure that you will be able to make more sense than we can of this new world. 

Robert P. Crease
Chair of the Department of Philosophy


Department Convocation Video


Summa Cum Laude

Sterling Nenninger  
Robert Wenner

Magna Cum Laude

James Edell

Graduating with Honors in Philosophy

Ryan Cardoza,  Title: “Immanence, Noumena, and the Construction of Experience in Kant's Transcendental Philosophy.
Robert Wenner,  Title: "Luminous Things and Crude Matter"

The Socratic Legacy, Departmental Commendation at Commencement

Isabelle Guido
Sterling Nenninger
Robert Wenner

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student

Christopher Fremaux
James Sares


Professor Robert P. Crease - Chair, Department of Philosophy

Faculty Address, Professor  Robert Harvey  

Alumni Address, Alycia W. LaGuardia-LoBianco

Meet the Class of 2020

Commencement Video

Frequently Asked Questions

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