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Upstate to hold Commencement May 8 and 9

Upstate Commencement ceremonies are May 8 and 9

Upstate Medical University will host in-person Commencement ceremonies for its four colleges May 8 and 9, with a live-stream for the Upstate community, parents and families of graduates.

The hybrid approach will allow students and faculty to be present in person—with Covid-19 protocols in place—at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, and families tuning in remotely.

In total, there are 500 graduates in Upstate’s Class of 2021. 

The College of Nursing will award 132 degrees Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m.

The College of Health Professions will award 173 degrees Saturday, May 8 at 3 p.m.

The College of Medicine will award 182 degrees Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m.

The College of Graduate Studies will award 13 degrees Sunday, May 9 at 3 p.m.

Upstate will award three honorary degrees this year to individuals who are pioneers in racial justice and health equity:

  • Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE
  • Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD
  • Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

The ceremonies will feature remarks from Upstate leadership and faculty, students, and this year’s honorary degree recipients.

Upstate President Mantosh Dewan will welcome Chancellor Jim Malatras, who is expected to address the College of Nursing graduates May 8 at 10 a.m.

Ceremonies can be viewed at the following link beginning at 10 a.m.: Upstate Medical University Commencement.