“The world will need the kind of talent and dedication that you have to offer—the Will. Power.—that got you where you are today,” says President Richard Helldobler.

The graduates, who ranged in age from 19 to 67, hailed from 7 states and 45 countries, and included 17 veterans and active service members.
Browse, download and share the scores of photos featuring students, their families, faculty, and staff that capture all the proud moments from the in-person ceremonies held on May 17, 18, and 19.
Katherine Makarec, professor of psychology, Emmanuel Onaivi, professor of biology, and Brenda Marshall, professor of nursing, were recognized during the University’s 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 14 as the recipients of the 2021 Faculty Excellence Awards. 
“We have all learned so much in this past year, in and out of the classroom—perhaps nothing more deeply than this idea that our plans—our best laid plans—rarely work out the way we wanted them to,” says Penola. 
“I am a first-generation college student and my biggest dream growing up was to be able to attend college,” says Ruiz. “To some people it may seem like the average course of life-events, but to me, an immigrant from a low-income family, going to college was my wildest dream.”
Stephen Bolyai, senior vice president for administration and finance, who is retiring May 31 after more than three decades of service to the University, received the 2021 President’s Medallion during the University’s Commencement ceremonies in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University.
Stevenson graduated summa cum laude with a BA in music and a minor in music and entertainment industries and music honors, She participated in numerous vocal ensembles in the Department of Music.