The graduating chemistry students celebrated on May 20, 2019 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. The formalilies were sandwiched between a welcome by NYU President Andrew Hamilton, and closing remarks by Chemistry Chair Jim Canary. Director of Graduate Studies Nate Traaseth presented those students receiving doctoral degrees, and Director of Undergraduate Studies Alexej Jerschow presented the students receiving bachelors degrees. The Edward J. McNelis Thesis Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Olivia Maffei, the Morris Fishman Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry was presented to Eehjoe Kwon, the Harold Seidenstein Award was presented to Lourania Oliver, and the Neville R. Kallenbach Award in Chemical Biology was presented to Antalya Jano. The chemistry faculty turned out to offer their congratulations to a record number of students, along with members of the McNelis and Seidenstein families. After the ceremony, guests adjourned to a champagne reception. Lucky raffle winners were bestowed with "treasures" from the NYU Bookstore and delightful terrarium creations by Luludi Living Arts, while all graduates received keepsake souvenirs! We hope the graduates and their parents enjoyed the intimacy of the Chemistry Department Graduation Ceremony and Reception, and left Hemmerdinger Hall ready to enjoy the marathon of larger-scale celebrations that would come in the following days.
Congratulations, Graduates! To access to the many (unedited!) photos, click here.
The photos will be available on the NYU Photo Bureau site all summer -- download them and they are yours to keep!