students at convocation

Newhouse celebrates commencement weekend

By Wendy S. Loughlin

May 9, 2019

Graduating students, their families, faculty and staff celebrated commencement weekend with the Newhouse Convocation Ceremony Saturday, May 11, and the Syracuse University Commencement exercises Sunday, May 12. Both events were held in the Carrier Dome.

Amy Falkner, interim dean of the Newhouse School, presided over the convocation ceremony, and told graduating students, "We expect great things of you."

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost of Syracuse University Michele Wheatly offered remarks in honor of late Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham, who died of cancer April 2.

“She was a pioneer and an innovator who brought the school into the digital age even as she continued to champion the fundamentals of great communications. She was an example and a mentor to so many during her time here,” Wheatly said, telling graduates, “I trust that your deeds, accomplishments and success will keep alive Lorraine Branham’s aspiration for each one of you and her vision for Newhouse as the world’s best communications school.”

Alumnus Doug Robinson ’85, founder of DRP Doug Robinson Productions, delivered the keynote address. He described with humor his path to Newhouse (he was rejected initially but later enrolled as an intra-university transfer). "I loved every minute of my time here," he said. 

Robinson told the graduating students: "Look where you are now... graduating from the greatest communications school in the country."

He reminded them that they will fail "a lot" in their lives and careers. "But when you get knocked down," he said, "the question is, how will you resond?"

Fernando Garcia-Franceschini spoke on behalf of the master's degree candidates, and Megan Falk and Joseph Pucciarelli spoke on behalf of the baccalaureate degree candidates.

Keith Kobland, an adjunct in broadcast and digital journalism, was honored as Teacher of the Year, a designation chosen by graduating students.

At Sunday’s commencement ceremony, Mary C. Daly G’94, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, delivered the keynote address.

Falk and Pucciarelli represented the Newhouse School as School Marshals.

Graduating from the Newhouse School this spring are 537 undergraduate students; 186 residential and 109 online master’s students; and four doctoral students.

Banner image by Mary Ann Durantini.