The 526th Convocation, University Ceremony – The University of Chicago


(music)>>UNIVERSITY MARSHAL: As marshal of the University, it is my honor to declare open the proceedings of the 526th Convocation of the
University of Chicago. And to introduce the University’s 13th
President, Robert J. Zimmer. Please be seated. Good afternoon and welcome. As the marshal
has just announced, today’s ceremony is the 526th time that the
University of Chicago has assembled for a Convocation. These Convocations allow students
to be recognized and celebrated for their achievements after completion
of their studies and to do so through formal exercises. The primary
purpose of Convocation is of course to award degrees, but these occasions
satisfy other objectives as well. At Convocation No. 1,
on January 2, 1893, the University’s first President, William Rainey
Harper, set out goals for these ceremonies — goals leading to practices
that we continue to observe.
Harper believed these occasions of high ceremony to be a necessary
and nourishing part of the life of a university and intended them to
literally call together or cause to assemble all parts of the
University community. In Harper’s words, Convocations are meant to
bind together into a unity the many complex and diverging forms of
activity which constitute our University’s life and work.
Today’s ceremony, then, is also about reflecting upon the whole of
what we do across the many libraries, laboratories and classrooms that
make up our campus. And in addition, it affords us all a moment to
reflect upon the accomplishments of our past and the opportunities for
our future — individually, collectively, and institutionally.
I confer the degrees awarded this afternoon by virtue of the
authority delegated to me by the Board of Trustees represented today by
trustee Mary Lou Gorno, and I do so on behalf of the faculty of the
University of Chicago that has responsibility for the educational
programs just completed. Again, I welcome you to the 526th
Convocation — a time-honored ritual that recognizes achievements of
which we can all be proud.>>PROVOST ISAACS: As provost of the University
of Chicago, it is my privilege to introduce John Carlstrom, who
will present today’s Convocation address. He is the Subrahmanyan
Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor and Professor
of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department
of Physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute and the kolt lej. Professor Carlstrom
is one of today’s foremost experimental astrophysicists. The
many instruments and experiments he has devised led to major advancements
in modern cosmological near ri. Professor Carlstrom
examines the relic of the radiation from the Big Bang to formulate a
better understanding of the revolution of the universe and properties
of dark matter and Dark Energy. He leads a global collaboration of
15 institutions as principal investigator on the South Pole toll
skoep. And has led the Sunyaev-Zel�dovich Array. For his work on
advancing a new model of the universe, Professor Carlstrom share the the
2015 Gruber Cosmology Prize, his other honors include election to
the College of Health Sciences and the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences. He is a MacArthur Fellowship and a Packard Fellowship,
and the Magellanic Premium of the American Philosophical Society.
Professor Carlstrom has been a member of the University of Chicago
faculty since 1995. The title of his talk today is “Our Expanding
View of the Universe”. John…
>>JOHN CARLSTROM: Thank you. Change you very much. It’s an honor
to be a speaker at the 526th Convocation of University of Chicago.
Welcome friends, family, students. I want to start with
congratulations to the graduates. You will soon receive your well
earned degree from the University of Chicago. Several years ago you
seized an extraordinary opportunity and through your hard work,
perseverance find yourself here today. Not many have the opportunity
or the ability to do what you have done and you know it wasn’t easy.
Many have invested in you, none more than you have yourself. And I
thank you. We all thank you for that. What have you learned?
Well, you’ve learned a lot beyond the facts that you probably will
forget soon. You have learned how to learn, the value of learning.
You have learned how to think. This has hopefully given you a deeper
appreciation of life, and given you more opportunities to be inspired.
You are ready to explore and to contribute. You’re ready to seek your
path wherever it may lead you. Frankly this took me a long time. In
fact I’m still kind of working on that. But then again I didn’t have
the benefit of a University of Chicago education. Today I want to tell you a few stories. I’m
going to start with a vague memory, to remind myself even, I had
a vague memory of my father coming home from work once and saying he heard
a news story where on the news they said that scientists had heard
the universe being created. I don’t remember too much of that,
but somehow I buried that deep inside. I also remember my mother, who
was taking night courseses to get her degree at the time, coming home
and telling us what she is learned in classes, I remember her telling
us about the stars, galaxies and space and Einstein’s outrageous, it seemed
to us, theories. It was a lot of fun to try to get our heads around
this. Space and time weren’t fixed, they could be curved, they
could be mutable, relative. There were black holes. It was a lot of fun
and very inspiring. These are strange ideas to us of course. They’re
far from everyday experience. But Einstein was a clear thinker.
Sign Einstein was able to distinguish and separate what was known
to be fact by observation and what was just assumed to be real. Right?
Taking that and taking what was the result of experiments at the
time, observation bes of the universe, led him to these really incredible
and unimaginable or outrageous, people would think, insights in
how the universe worked. We now know those insights and his results
were true. Our Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar here at the University was one
of those masterful thinkers. I am lucky, indeed privileged all
these many years later to be studying the universe. That news story
my father heard must have been about the discovery of what’s called
the cosmic microwave background. This is a discovery made by two
Bell Lab scientists. They found there was a glow of light, the universe
was glowing with light in all directions. It was light that was very
long wavelengths, what we call radio waives, which you can’t see with
your eyes much as a result I expect that’s how it got confused to be
hearing the universe rather than seeing the universe. They had discovered
the very first light in the universe. The fosal light from the hot
Big Bang has been traveling to us for nearly 14 billion years. This cosmic
mike back radiation is an amazing thing. Provides us with a glimpse
and view is to see the early universe 14 billion years ago. To a
time before stars had even formed. The discovery expanded our view of
the universe and gave us a tool to discover it. That’s the tool I use
this day. Some of youed undergraduates maybe remember in PhySci classes
measuring the background. Using instrument similar to whats
Penzias and Wilson used. Wilson called me once and said how do you
do that? How is it that you have undergraduates at the University of Chicago
measure the cosmic microwave background? We want to do that at
Harvard. That call made my day, I can tell you.
It has taken decades, however, using ever more sensitive telescopes
and sensors to go beyond the detection of the cosmic microwave
background to actually develop baby pictures of our universe is with
enough sensitive that we can see these very faint features in the early
universe. And we have done that. The most detailed images
come from the University of Chicago led South Poletel scope
located on the driest desert on earth, the high and cold Antarctic
Plateau, there to take advantage of the clear skies. Working at the
South Pole is fascinating. It’s cold. Probably you knee
that. It’s actually colder than Chicago. Maybe you didn’t know that.
Except for one or two days a year when we find that actually it’s reversed.
But usually it’s quite cold.
The most inspiring thing — I should also point the views are just
amazing. It’s like something you’ve never seen. Just ice, snow,
beautiful. But the most inspiring thing is not the views,
it’s the people. There’s about 200 people at the research station
during the awe stral sum he shall, about three months. And then
only a handful, 50 at most, decide to spend the night. The long winter
night there. And they keep can it going. They keep it going for nine
months, they cannot leave the station or come in. It’s closed off.
There’s no physical access whatsoever. Sthe all work together. They have a common
purpose and they all have a part to play. They share in the discoveries.
Which would not be possible without them. They are inspired and
they’re inspiring. So what have we learned? Well, a great deal.
We have figured out what stuff makes up the universe, and amazingly,
the stuff we know about and stuff you can find in your textbooks
is a whopping few percent, 4 percent. We know the other stuff
is there. We even give it names. We give it names that inform — informative
of our knowledge of it, we call it Dark Energy and Dark Matter.
Clearly there is a lot more to discover and to learn.
So we make these baby pictures, but what do they look like? And the
truth is they look like noise. But if you’re educated and you can
appreciate this noise, the noise is exactly that that would be
predicted, it’s beautiful. That which would be predicted by quantum
mechanics. What they are a picture of is quantum fuzz, which rules
physics on the scales that are unimaginably small. As somehow been
expanded to the astronomical scales and gives the seeds of all the
structure in the universe, including ultimately us.
Our alumni Carl Sagan famously said we are star stuff, referring to
the fact that most of the elements we are made out of were first made
in stars. We can now say we are quantum fluctuations. I agree, it’s
not quite as — might not sell as well, but it’s an amazing fact.
Appears to be a fact, that we are the result of quantum fluctuations
all that long time ago. Let me tell you of another story. Roughly a
billion years ago in a galaxy far, far away, two black holes, like the
type predict bed by Chandrasekhar, began a death spiral orbiting each
other closer and closer. The extreme gravity of each hole warped and
distorted the space time around it and dragged it with it. And as they
circled each other the fabric of space emitted waves, what we call
grafgs waves waefs. Those Gravitational Waves spread out, moving at
the speed of light and carried away energy. The black holes collided,
losing energy — I mean spiralled closer until their ultimate inevident
stabl catastrophic collision. They moved at a speed close to the speed
of light, and emitted a final burst of Gravitational Waves. Those
waves carried off more power during that brief time than all the light
emit bid all the stars in the universe. They then merged into a single
dark hole. That was one hell of an event. 40 years ago scientists
began to develop a method to try to detect Gravitational Waves with a
bold sum might say even outrageous goal of using them as a way to
observe the universe. They needed to figure out how to measure the
small and fleeting changes in space and geometries introduced by a
passing of a gravitational wall. It’s a part intended to 1021. As if
your toes got closer to your head by a dimension of one trillionth the
size of an atom. And vibrated back and forth in maybe 100 Hz, a
frequency you can maybe hear if it’s loud enough, for a fraction of a
second. Another way of looking at that is if you take the distance of
a star, not our sun, say Alpha Centauri, 4.4 light years, the change of
distance over that great distance of a width of a human hair.
Incredibly hard and difficult thing to do. And many thought
impossible. More than 1,000 scientists from 15 countries carefully and
meticulously refined what’s known as intertermtry, engineered by
Michelson. They used an interferometer to measure distances and
bouncing laser light off 4 kilometer distant heavily stablized mirror.
After solving problem after problem, last fall they reached the stage
where they had sufficient sensitivity to hope to make a detection. It
was just in time. They turned their machines on, four days later,
those Gravitational Waves from that merging black hole a billion years
ago reached earth and set off their detectors. We heard on this on
February 11th. The whole wornd learned of it. We heard from our
colleagues, part of the discovery team, Professor Dan Holz and his
students, the same Hahn Holz that undergraduates nominated last year
for Quantrell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Once again our view of the universe has expanded with a new tool to
explore. In many ways we are now actually hearing the universe. When
I got home that day, I told my children all about it.
Astronomers will now begin to investigate the properties of black
holes directly and their role in the evolution of the universe. Maybe
decades from now your children will be measuring Gravitational Waves in
a PhySci lab at the University of Chicago. There’s one more incredible
and energetic event, the most energetic event in the history of our
universe, which is the birth of our universe. Our model of the
universe, which fits all the existing data so well, predicts that in
the first fraction of a second after the Big Bang, and by that I mean
1035 seconds, what my colleague, Michael turner refers to as a jiffy.
In one jiffy Gravitational Waves, a whole background of distorted space
time should have been produced and left as a background. We believe we
know how to see that background now, by making some say outrageously so
presh urments of the background. We can use them to explore our
origins. We’re starting the experiment. We have hundreds of
scientists from across the globe coming together. Hopefully you will
not have to wait too long to hear about the results but when you do
tell your children. What is the message behind these stories? You can
use your exceptional education, dare I say privileged education to make
a difference in whatever you choose to do. Please be bold. Know that
people working together can achieve great, even seemingly impossible
things. Go and make a difference. We’re counting on you to do that.
In closing let me again congratulate you and thank you for all your
hard work. Many thanks to your families and supporters. Keep learning
and teaching. Be inspired and inspire. Whatever you choose to do, do
it well. Share your story. And please come back and tell us about it.
Thank you. (Applause)
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>>PROVOST ISAACS: As we begin the presentation of degrees, may I
call your attention to the award of honors listed in the Convocation
program as well as the names of candidates receiving degrees today in
absentia. At this time in the favoring presence of the
congregation here assembled, the deans of several faculties
or their appointed representatives will present the candidates
for academic degrees to the President of the University.
The dean of the college will now present candidates for the degree of
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in programs in the College.
Bare.>>DEAN BOYER: Mister President, these students
have completed the prescribed program of undergraduate studies,
on behalf of the college I now have the honor to present them for the
degrees of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me I confer
upon you the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. And
welcome you to the fellowship of educated individuals. EDWARD VINCENT
BARRETT IV. DOUGLAS SPENCER BROWN
KARLEE PARVIN ESMAILLI LEAH CLARA GIMBEL
PHILIP JUNGHYUN HAN JASMINE MARGUERITE HEBEL
ANGELA LAM SANG WON LEE
JACOB GEOFFREY LILLIOJA CHING REI JESSICA LOO
NICOLAS IVAN LUKAC DANIEL MATHEW MATAM
CHRISTINA MERLO JASON BRIAN MITCHELL
SARAH CATHERINE NODARSE DENIZ CEM OZENSOY
ANTHONY CHEN PAN THERESA H. PENG
MARRIAH LEIGH ROST JASON DONALD ROWLEY
ELIZABETH MAY SARTAIN MICHAEL RICHARD SHELDON
BENJAMIN MARC SHENWICK CHENG YI TSAI
YAN IGOREVICH VINARSKIY (Applause)
>>PROVOST ISAACS: The Dean of the Graham School of Continuing
Liberal and Professional Studies will now present candidates for the
degrees of Master of Liberal Arts and Master of Science in programs in
the Graham School.>>DEAN NEMEC: Mister President, this student
has completed the program of studies prescribed by the study
of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.
I have the honor to present him as a candidate for the degree
of Master of Liberal Arts.>>PRES. ZIMMER: You have successfully completed
a program of advanced study in the liberal arts, and by
virtue of the authority delegated to me, I confer upon you the degree
of Master of Liberal Arts, and I express the hope that your learning
will lead you to advance knowledge in, or enrich the practice
of, your chosen field. STEVEN WARUHIU
(Applause)>>DEAN NEMEC: Mister President, these students
have completed the program of studies prescribed by the Graham
School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. I have the
honor to present them as candidates for the degree of Master of Science.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: You have successfully completed a program of
advanced study in your profession, and by virtue of the authority
delegated to me, I confer upon you the degree of Master of Science, and
I express the hope that your learning will lead you to advance
knowledge in, or enrich the practice of, your chosen field.
AMBORISH BARUAH RICHA BARUAH
CHOKAN BEKTURGANOV JONATHAN BERTHET
DEEPESH RAJ BHATIA RASHMI BOGA
AKSHAY CHHABRA JEFFREY JAMES DOUGHERTY
ANISH GERA VINODHKUMAR GUNASEKARAN
ROBERT BRANDON HARRIS ALEXANDER KENNETH COOLEY HUBA
PATRICK KEEFE KELLY WENDY MARSH KLUSENDORF
LEANDRO OSCAR KOVALEVSKI RICHA KUMARI
KRISHNA MOHAN PRASANTH MUMMIDI RYAN PASTROVICH
LAWRENCE HERNANDEZ SALUD JONATHAN DOUGLAS WILLIAMS
REUT YANIV YUJIE ZHU
(Applause)>>PROVOST ISAACS: The Dean of the bliens
and the Pritzker School of Medicine will now present candidates for the
degree of Master of Science and candidates for the degree of Doctor
of Philosophy in programs in the Division of the Biological
Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine.
>>DEAN POLONSKY: Mister President, these students have completed
the program of studies prescribed by the Division of the Biological
Sciences, and the Pritzker School of Medicine, and a special programs
approved by their departments. I now have the honor to present them as
candidates for the degree of Master of Science.>>PRES. ZIMMER: You have successfully completed
a program of advanced study in the biological sciences,
and by virtue of the authority delegated to me, I confer upon you
the degree of Master of Science. And I express the hope that your
learning will lead you to advance knowledge in, or enrich the practice
of, your chosen field. ZHONGYANG CAO
ANNA CHEN LINDSEY MICHELLE LUDWIG
ERIN MARIE McAULEY ASHLEY DAWN SAMPLE
(Applause)>>DEAN POLONSKY: Mister President, each of
the students I now present has attained similarly distinction
in advanced studies and prepared a dissertation that contributes to
knowledge in a particular field of research. On behalf of the faculty
of the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School
of Medicine, I have the honor to present them as candidates for the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me, I
confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and welcome you to
this ancient and honorable company of scholars. TAYLOR JOSEPHINE FEEHLEY
BENJAMIN ALEC MARCUS SHANNON LEE WOLFMAN
(Applause)>>PROVOST ISAACS: The Dean of the Division
of the Humanities will now present candidates for the degrees of
Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in programs in the Division of
the Humanities.>>DEAN ROTH: Mister President, this student
has completed the program of studies prescribed by the faculty
of the Division of the Humanities and the special program approved
by his department. I have the honor to present him as a candidate for
the degree of Master of Arts.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: You have successfully completed a program of
advanced study in the humanities and by virtue of the authority
delegated to me I confer upon you the degree of Master of Arts, and I
express the hope that your learning will lead you to advance knowledge
in, or enrich the practice of, your chosen field.
TAYLOR MICHAEL DIMKE (Applause)
>>DEAN ROTH: Mister President, each of the students I now present
has attained scholarly distinction in advanced studies and has prepared
a dissertation that contribute toss knowledge in a particular field of
research. On behalf of the faculty of the Division of the Humanities I
now have the honor to present them as candidates for the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy.>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority
delegated to me, I confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy,
and welcome you to this ancient and honorable company of scholars.
KRISTINE MARIE LARISON JAMES MATTHEW NEMIROFF
(Applause)>>PROVOST ISAACS: The Dean of the Division
of the Physical Sciences will now present candidates for the degrees
of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in programs in the Division
of the Physical Sciences, as well as candidates for the degree
of Doctor of Philosophy jointly with division of biological sciences
and the Pritzker School of Medicine.
>>DEAN KOLB: Mister President, these students have completed the
prose gram of studies prescribed by the faculty of the Division of the
Physical Sciences, and the special programs approved by their
departments. I have the honor to present them as candidates for the
degree of Master of Science.>>PRES. ZIMMER: You have successfully completed
a program of advanced study in the physical sciences and
by virtue of the authority delegated to me, I confer upon you the degree
of Master of Science, and I express the hope that your learning will
lead you to advance knowledge in, or enrich the practice of, your
chosen field. JINGYU HE
TIANYANG HU RACHEL ADRIANA KILLACKEY
HE LIU BO LUAN
JANNA ORE NUGENT ZHONG WANG
DANIEL GREGORY WATERS JINPU YANG
YILIN ZHANG NUOYA ZHOU
(Applause)>>DEAN KOLB: Mister President, each of the
students I now present has attained scholarly distinction in advanced
studies and has prepared a dissertation that contributes to knowledge
in a particular field of research. On behalf of the faculty of the
Division of the Physical Sciences, I now have the honor to present
them as candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me, I
confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and welcome you to
this ancient and honorable company of scholars. KA CHEONG LAU
YOANN POTIRON (Applause)
>>PROVOST ISAACS: Z the Dean of the Division of Social Sciences
will now present candidates for the degrees of Master of Arts and
Doctor of Philosophy in programs in the Division of Social Sciences.
>>DEAN NIRENBERG: Mister President, these students have completed
the program of studies prescribed by the Division of Social Sciences
and the special programs approved by their departments. I now have the
honor to present them as candidates for the degree of Master of Arts.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: You have successfully completed a program of
advanced study in the social sciences, and by virtue of the authority
delegated to me, I confer upon you the degree of Master of Arts, and I
express the hope that your learning will lead you to advance knowledge
in, or enrich the practice of your chosen field.
LAUREN MARIE LEDIN SKOMANTAS POCIUS
ANDRE LEMOYNE WALKER YANG XIANG
(Applause)>>DEAN NIRENBERG: Mister President, each
of the students I now present has attained scholarly distinction
in advanced stud dirs and prepared a dissertation that contributes to
knowledge in a particular field of research. On behalf of the fax you
will of the Division of Social Sciences, I now have the honor to present
them as candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me, I
confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and welcome you to
this ancient and honorable company of scholars. MARIA EUGENIA BALANDRAN-CASTILLO
KAMAYA M. JONES (Applause)
>>PROVOST ISAACS: The Dean of the University of Chicago Booth
School of Business will now present candidates for the degrees of
Master of Business Administration and programs in the Booth School of
Business.>>DEAN KUMAR: Mister President, these students
have completed the program of professional studies prescribed
by the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
I now have the honor to present them as candidates for the degree
of Master of Business Administration.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me, I
confer upon you the degree of Master of Business Administration, and I
express the hope that your work will further wise choices in the
allocation of economic resources for the benefit of all people.
DARLENE E. ACKER SEHU ADENIRAN ADEYANJU
DILIP ADITYAN SHEELA AGARWAL
PAUL RAMON ALBEAR IVAN ALIMOV
BASIL F. ALLAM MARCUS VINICIUS ALVES, JR.
LOAY ABDELHAMID AMIN VIVEK AMIN
PHANIDHAR ANUGONDA JASON APPLESON
ELMIRA ASKEROVA VINEET ASTHANA
JOEL ELORM AYITE AYEE KARTHIK BALASUBRAMANIAN
TAMAS BAN LINDSAY BISHOP BARTEL
MEREDITH STRAUS BASKIES ADAM BAZIH
SERGEY BELONOZHKO JUSTIN ELLIOT BERGER
KATHERINE HARPER BESSER MEIKE BETTSCHEIDER
HAITAO BI MANISH KUMAR BIDASARIA
TIMOTHY RICHARD BINNEY OLGA BORODINA
NICOLETA BORTAN BRIAN KEITH BRETZ
MARZENA SANDRA BRZAKALA MARY ALICE BYRNES
DONALD ANDREW CALCAGNI TYRIKA A. CAMERON
CONRAD CAPLIN PAULINA CELEDON OLIVA
JONATHAN FREDERICK CHAIT LANG HSIEN CHANG
DIGAUNTO CHATTERJEE IVAN NIKOLOV CHELEBIEV
JING CHEN DENNIS CHANG
AVINASH PEMMAIAH CHOTTANGADA RAJESHWAR VASANTRAO CHOUDHARY
BYRON TORBEN CLARKE ALBERTO JAVIER COLOMA EUSEBIO
JOSEPH LUC BOUBACAR MARIE CORREA KATHERINE BADER COURTNEY
CAPP ARRINGTON CULVER SEAN PATRICK DALY
SANA DANISH VENKATA NAGA GANESH DAVULURI
JONAS DE COOMAN RENE-PHILIPPE DJOMO DEGNI-SEGUI
LUIS EDUARDO DE LA CERDA QUI�ONES NATHAN ANDREW DEY
AZIZ SHERIF DOSS MICHAEL PATRICK DUFF, JR.
GLENN JAMES DUMIGAN PIERRE ELISSEEFF
ALEX L. FELD ALEXANDER JOSEPH FERGUS II
MANUEL JOS� FERN�NDEZ UNDURRAGA GEORGE STEPHEN FISCHER
ANTHONY JAMES FLEMING CHEE WENG DESMOND FOO
ADAM CHRISTOPHER FOX ZAUR GAHRAMANOV
ROBERT HAYDEN GALLO SAMUEL NOAH GALLO
ELENA GERTSBERG JULIE GOBIN
SVETLANA GOLDSHTEYN BORIS GOUTKIN
MAX GRIMMINGER RYAN LEE GRUHLKE
FINN RYAN HALEY CHIN KWONG HAN
WILLIAM EDWARD HARMAN ROBERT L. HARRELL III
MELISSA MARIE HARRIS JAMES WILLIAM HEIKE
CHRISTIAN HEIM RUXANDRA MIHAELA HILL
TORRENCE LA RAY HINTON GREGORY THOMAS EDWARD HODGE
JACKY HOK PETER STEPHEN HOROS III
TIANYU HOU YUN HU
ZHAO HU STEPHEN MICHAEL IMPINK, JR.
EDNY GULA INUI CHINMAY JAIN
DARREN SCOTT JENKINS ANTOINE JENNINGS
YANPING JIANG THEODORE RUDOLPH KAEHLER
KUSHA KAMAREI JUNG SEOK KANG
VISHAL VINOD KAPOOR ALEXANDROS KARAMITSOS
NIKOLAY PETROV KARATANEV MATTHEW ALLEN KIENSTRA
HYUNGJUN KIM JAMES Y. KIM
YOU SEUNG KIM JO KLEIVAN
MARKUS KNOBEL RICHARD G. KO
CHAKRAPANI KODURU OMRI DAN KRIGEL
RAVISHANKAR KRISHNAN OL�SEGUN AKIND�L� OLAL�Y� LADIPO
ERICA MARIE LANKFER EDWARD LASHINSKI
CHARLES CONRAD LAUTERS MICHAEL SARO LEBLEBIJIAN
LOUIS LOK-YEE LEE STEPHANIE ANNE LENTZ
SUNDAY ELAINE LEWIS FANG LI
LIXIN LI CHUAN YANG LIM
JASON ALAN LIPES JUN LIU
YOUMING LU COSMIN LUCACI-OPREA
JESSICA ADELE MADSEN PALLAVI MAHAJAN
JASON PATRICK MAHONEY ERIC MALTERRE
MANSUR MAMMADOV ANDREY ALEXANDROVICH MARCHENKO
JONATHAN MICHAEL MARKS CATHERINE ANNE MARTON
EREZ SHEMER MATHAN SOPHIA MATVEEVA
JAMES THOMAS MAZURSKI ANDREW KENT McCRUM
SARAH ELIZABETH McENEANEY BERTRAND MIGNOT
AGNESE MINAZZO SVETLANA MIRONYUK
CHRISTOPHE JEAN MONGET ALI HASNAIN MOOSVI
GENE THOMAS MRAZ BHARAT NAGPAL
RIMMA V. NEHME CHOE YONG NG
SOO YONG NG ANGELO HOANG ANH NGUYEN
PHUONG THAI NGUYEN ODEH GHAZI ODEH
MEGAN LOUISE OPSAHL IREYIMIKA OSIKANLU
PETER DICKENS PANDULA CHANWOOK PARK
CYHYOUNG PARK SO JUNG PARK
RASHMI RAM PASAPULA ABHISHEK PAWAR
LINSEY SCHOEMEHL PAYNE ELIZABETH JINGXI PENG
ALI PERVAIZ CHRISTOPHER STERLING POOLE, JR.
VLADIMIR POTAPOV M. CONCEPCI�N PRADO
NEERAJ PRASAD JOSHUA ADAM RADEMACHER
IOANNIS RALLIS KIRAN RAMCHANDRA RANE
OMPRAKASH RANGABASHYAM PRAVEEN RAO
SWATHI RAVIRALA MATTHEW VINCENT RENDER
MIRIAM NYAWIRA RERU SVETLANA SKOPCENKO RIZAI
ALEX F. RODRIGUEZ LORENZO ROMERO
CESAR AUGUSTE ROSSINI ANTHONY JOHN ROTH
DIEGO MORAES RUIZ VEERAPAT RUNGSITHUM
RAJESH SABARINATH, SR. FEDERICO SALINAS
BARRY PAUL SANDALL RYOTA SATAKE
REBECCA SCHMITT KIM SCHNEIDER
BJ�RN CHRISTOPH SCHWARZ BRADLEY SCOTT SCHWER
DHRUV SETHI ZEESHAN MUNEEB SHAIKH
SANTOSH VENKAT SHANKERGOWDA ISHITA SHARAN
SHAIL SHARAN ALEXEY SHCHEDRIN
JAMES J. SHEEHAN LEI SHEN
TAKEJIRO SHIMADA BRUNO LUIZ FERREIRA SILVA
ALEKSANDRA SIMIC NATHAN BRADLEY SIMMONS
IQBAL SINGH VIKASH SINGH
ALEXANDRA SOROKO ELIAS VASILIOS STAMBOLIS
NICOLAS STOETTER XING SU
HWEE SONG SUAN TONI SULLIVAN
PATRICK JOSEPH SWINT NICKLAUS ERICK CUA SY
POOJA TALREJA XU TAN
ANKUR TANDON TAO TAO
STASYS TARA SAMIR TARI
SREEDHAR TATAVARTHI IVAN TCHEBESKOV
DAVID TEREBESSY DAVID CHARLES THOMAS
SHAWN ERAKKATHIL THOMAS PRASHANT TIWARI
TUONG VU NGOC TRAN DMITRIY ALEXANDROVICH TRUBNIKOV
EDWARD LOUIS TRUDEAU RAJEEV TUMMALA
IVAN UHLIANYTSIA FELIX UHRMANN
PONPINIT UPATHAMP VINAY SHYAMLAL VARMA
ERIKA VAZQUEZ ANDREW MICHAEL VERCHOTA
RAJESH VONGURU HANNES MICHAEL WEIBEL
ERIC ABRAHAM WHORTON SCOTT EVERETT WILLASON
ERIC ROBERT WILLIAMS DEREK ANDREW WOJTOWICZ
CHRISTIAN WOLFF JOHN LELAND WOLFORD III
EDEN YI DUNG WONG ELGIN WAI-MEN WONG
FOOK CHI WONG JUSTIN JIE PENG XIAO
ZHEN JASON XIE PENG YANG
CHASE M. YEUNG DAVID YI
KIN KONG YIP CASEY S. YOON
YURIY ZBRUTSKYY JIN ZHANG
YAN ZHANG KEEGAN ZIMMERMAN
(Applause)>>PROVOST ISAACS: The Dean of the Divinity
School will now present candidates for the degrees of Master of Divinity,
Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in programs in the Divinity
School.>>DEAN ROSENGARTEN: Mister President, the
student I now present is academically qualified to engage in the profession
of Ministry, having completed a course of study prescribed by
the faculty of the Divinity School. I have the honor to present him as
a candidate for the degree of Master of Divinity.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me, I
confer upon you the degree of Master of Divinity, and I express the
hope that your work will contribute to a learned and effective ministry
dedicated to the spiritual welfare of humankind. G. ABBAS CHINOY
(Applause)>>DEAN ROSENGARTEN: Mister President, the
students I now present have completed a program of studies prescribed
by the faculty of the Divinity School for foundational education
in the academic study of religion. I have the honor to present them
as candidates for the degree of Master of Arts.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: You have successfully completed a program in
advanced study in Divinity. By virtue of the authority delegated to
me, I confer upon you the degree of Master of Arts and I express the
hope that your learning will lead you to advance the knowledge in or
enrich the practice of your chosen field. SAMANTHA CLAIRE DUNNE
SHANDRA EUGENIE LAMAUTE. (Applause)
>>DEAN ROSENGARTEN: Mister President, each of the students I now
present have attained scholarly distinction in advanced studies and
have prepared a dissertation which contributes to knowledge in the
particular field of the academic study of religion. On behalf of the
faculty of the Divinity School, I have the honor to present them as
candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority
delegated to me, I confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy,
and welcome you to this ancient and honorable company of scholars.
TIMOTHY MARK HILLER RICHARD JEROLD HOSKINS
KYLE GORDON RADER (Applause)
>>PROVOST ISAACS: The director of student affairs of the Irving B.
Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies will now present a
candidate for the degree of Master of Public Policy in programs in the
Harris School.>>Mister President, this student has completed
the program of studies prescribed by the faculty of the Irving
B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. I now have
the honor to present him as a candidate for the degree of Master of
Public Policy.>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority
delegated to me, I confer upon you the degree of Master of Public
Policy, and I express the hope that your work will improve our understanding
and the efficacy of public policy.
CHEN LIU (Applause)
>>PROVOST ISAACS: The Associate Dean of Students in the school of
School of Social Service Administration will now prend candidates for
the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in programs in
the School of Social Service Administration.>>ASSOC. DEAN EDWARDS: Mister President,
this student has completed the program of studies prescribed by the faculty
of the School of Social Service Administration. I now have
the honor to present her as a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me, I
confer upon you the degree of Master of Arts, and I express the hope
that your work will promote the welfare of individuals and the
achievement of a socially just society. HUIYING JIN
(Applause)>>ASSOC. DEAN EDWARDS: Mister President,
the student I now present has attained scholarly distinction in advanced
studies and has prepared a dissertation which contributes to knowledge
in a particular field of research. On behalf of the faculty of the
School of Social Service Administration, I have the honor to present
him as a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: By virtue of the authority delegated to me, I
confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and welcome you to
this ancient and honorable company of scholars. NUCHA ISAROWONG
(Applause)>>UNIVERSITY MARSHAL: Please stand for the
singing of the University alma mater.
Today we gladly sing the praise of her whose daughters and whose sons
Now loyal voices proudly raise to bless her with our benisons.
Of all fair mothers fairest she, most wise of all that wisest be,
most true of all the true say we, is our dear Alma Mater.
(Applause)>>UNIVERSITY MARSHAL: Please be seated.
>>PRES. ZIMMER: This is a special day for all of you upon whom I
have just conferred a degree. And it is a special day for family
members and friends who may be here with you. It marks the completion of your study or at
least one phase of that study, a path that I trust has been challenging.
I hope you are enjoying this moment of celebration and perhaps
moment of reflection, that this Convocation affords. You are now
all graduates of the University of Chicago.
(Applause)>>PRES. ZIMMER: Because of your achievements
that we celebrate here today with your family and friends, each of
you will always be connected to the University of Chicago, a
connection that I hope that you and we will foster for many years.
The University of Chicago is an institution driven from its inception
by an idea — an idea that one could create and continuously renew a
university focussed on rigorous intense inquiry and analysis. The
University through its work every day expresses the view that clarity
derives from the clash of ideas, the challenge of assumptions and the
willingness to accept answers only whether they meet the tests of
argument. We seek understanding that is complex, expandible and fluid,
rather than simple and rigid; an understanding that reflects analysis
rather than ideology; that accepts complexity over the comfort of
simplicity; that seeks to delineate both the power and limitations of
argument; and that is always ready to incorporate new data which can
emerge and which in fact must be sought. We believe that the best
education, the most empowering education, and most powerful learning
take place in the environment of constant challenge that is implicit in
this culture of rigorous inquiry, and that this culture is responsible
for producing ideas of power and importance to humankind. This focus
on rigorous inquiry is defined the University of Chicago, its research,
and its education at all levels since the University’s beginning and it
continues to do so today. The University and its culture are renewed
every day by the work of its faculty, students and staff, and while
it is natural to focus on your own achievements today and what they
mean for your future, you can also take great satisfaction in your contribution
to the ongoing renewal of your University, the University
of Chicago. I know that as graduates of this University,
in the coming years you will be called upon to act, to speak, and
to lead. And like so many University of Chicago graduates who have come
before you, you will approach this challenge of leadership empowered
by your University of Chicago education.
The power of analysis and ideas that you have experienced here and
that are now your own will serve you well, whatever path you take and
whatever challenges you confront. Each of you who received a degree today has
received help and support — from parents, family, spouses,
partners, children, friends, mentors, or University faculty and staff.
And while it is your achievements that we mark today, all of those
supporters can rightly take great pride in your accomplishment.
And so to all degree recipients, please accept my congratulations for
all you have achieved. I wish you all good fortune and happiness in
the years ahead. Enjoy your coming adventures, wherever they may lead
you. Congratulations. (Applause)
(Music) (Applause)
>>UNIVERSITY MARSHAL: This now concludes the 526th Convocation of
the University of Chicago. Crescat Scientia, Vita Excolatur. Let
knowledge grow from more to more, and so be human life enriched.
(Trumpets). (Music)
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Michael Martin

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