At Stony Brook University’s 56th commencement ceremony today at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, 6,686 students had their degrees conferred joining more than 160,000 alumni from around the globe whose lives and work personify what Stony Brook embraces -- the relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to make a real difference. Graduates span 67 countries, 41 states and range in age from 20 to 73. Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, and Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and Long Island native, were at Stony Brook to receive their honorary degrees – a Doctor of Law and Doctor of Letters, respectively – and spoke to their fellow Seawolves.
Joanna Kiryluk, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty nationwide who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research.