Thousands of degrees were doled out on Friday as Stony Brook University said congratulations to the Seawolves’ class of 2016.
A total of 6,570 graduates made their final march into their futures at LaValle Stadium, marking the university’s 56th commencement ceremony, on May 20. University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. also conferred honorary degrees onto Eric H. Holder Jr., the 82nd attorney general of the United States, and Soledad O’Brien, an American broadcast journalist.
“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,” Stanley said. “Eric Holder embodies the progress and values of our country through his strong leadership and legacy of justice and fortitude. Soledad O’Brien exemplifies the vision of our university as she is actively engaged in the critical issues of our time — initiating and exploring important national conversations.”
Graduates represented 41 states and 67 countries, and students ranged in age from 20 to 73 years old.
Students and their families packed out the stadium on Friday as the sun shone on them. Various elected officials and university administrators were also in attendance.