When The Rockefeller University held its first Convocation in 1959, there were only five graduates. Fifty-six years later, as of Convocation on June 11, 2015, there are now 1,178 recipients of the Rockefeller University doctor of philosophy degree.
The festivities began with a graduate luncheon in the Great Hall of Welch Hall, followed by Rockefeller’s traditional cap-and-gown procession of students and mentors across campus to the degree-granting ceremony in Caspary Auditorium. Afterward, the campus community joined the graduates and their families at a reception on the Peggy Rockefeller Plaza.
The class of 2015—17 men and 11 women—come from 12 countries: Argentina, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Tanzania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Twenty-one Rockefeller labs were represented by the graduates, six of whom are members of the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program and will continue on to medical school. Others will begin careers in academia, industry, or other fields.
This annual Convocation issue of BenchMarks salutes the Rockefeller University class of 2015.
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