Dear Class of 2020,
Congratulations to our graduating students and to the family and friends who have helped them reach this auspicious day. This is a graduation unlike anything any of us expected several months ago. None-the-less it is still your day to celebrate, even if the hugs and high-fives are all virtual.
This is also an exciting day for us, as you are the first group of students graduating under the banner of the Department of Environment and Sustainability. Bringing you all together under a single roof has been exciting for us and we hope for you as well.
A decade from now some of you will be in careers exactly as you planned, but many of you will be far from where you started and far from the title of your degree. That is true for graduates from every department, but what is special about our majors is that regardless of your future career, you are leaving UB having focused your education on the knowledge and skills to be stewards of a world that needs all of the help it can get. That stewardship can be the choices you make on ballots, advocacy you engage in or it may be career focused on the environment. They are all critical to our future and we are proud of your accomplishments up to now and look forward to your future accomplishments.
We had been planning to have a graduation picnic for you. Like so many other events it has to be put off, but we will try again next year. If you are in Buffalo or can get back in May 2021 you are invited to what I hope will be a Class of 2020 and 2021 graduation picnic.
Until then, congratulations, our best wishes, good luck in your endeavors, and of course, stay safe.
Howard Lasker, Department Chair
Nick Henshue, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Mary Bisson, Director of Graduate Studies
Congratulations to the following students on their academic achievements!
Friday, May 15 1 p.m.
This virtual ceremony is for graduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Saturday, May 16 3 p.m.
This virtual ceremony is for undergraduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.