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56th Annual Commencement Takes Place May 20

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Stony Brook University will launch 6,570 students into a future far beyond the ordinary as the University’s 56th annual commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 20, beginning at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Honorary degrees will be conferred upon two distinguished professionals who have made lasting contributions in their respective fields. Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, will receive a Doctor of Law; and award­-winning journalist  Soledad O’Brien, will receive a Doctor of Letters.

“This is a remarkable distinction for the class of 2016, to be joined by individuals who personify what Stony Brook embraces — the relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to make a real difference,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

Of this year’s 6,570 graduates, 3,948 will receive bachelor’s degrees, 1,919 will receive master’s degrees and 470 will receive doctorates. Exemplifying Stony Brook’s global reach, graduates represent 41 states and 67 countries.

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