The graduating chemistry students celebrated on May 14, 2012 with an intimate departmental ceremony and reception. They were joined by their families and professors for an afternoon filled with festivity and pride all around. After a welcome by Chemistry Chair Mike Ward, this year's ceremony was dedicated to retiring faculty members Paul Gans and Henry Brenner by ex-Chair Nick Geacintov. Director of Graduate Studies Marcus Weck presented those students receiving doctoral degrees, and Director of Undergraduate Studies Bart Kahr presented the students receiving bachelors degrees. The Edward J. McNelis Thesis Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the first time this year. The chemistry faculty turned out in record numbers to offer their congratulations. After the ceremony, guests adjourned to a reception of champagne and sweets. Lucky raffle winners were bestowed with "treasures" from the NYU Bookstore! We hope the graduates and their parents enjoyed the intimacy of the Chemistry Department Graduation Ceremony and Reception, and left us ready to enjoy the marathon of larger-scale celebrations that would come in the following days.