At Rockefeller University’s first Convocation in 1959, there were five graduates. Fifty-seven years later, as of Convocation on June 9, 2016, there are now 1,209 recipients of the Rockefeller University doctor of philosophy degree.
The day’s 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. The graduates and their families gathered afterward at a campus celebration at the Peggy Rockefeller Plaza.
The 31 graduates of the class of 2016 come from 14 countries: Argentina, Armenia, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan, and the United States. Twenty-three 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.