Graduate school of arts and sciences

Celebrating graduates!

It was all change for the GSAS Commencement in 2019! Student bagpiper Duncan Keller ’21PhD (geology and geophysics) and banner bearers led the festive procession from the new location of the McDougal Center at Prospect Street. They led the merry band of faculty and graduates down Hillhouse to College and to Cross Campus before assembling at Old Campus. Following the university commencement ceremonies and the awarding of diplomas in Woolsey Hall, 1,800 graduates and guests enjoyed a reception in the courtyard at the McDougal Center. This year, GSAS awarded a total of 1,363 degrees. Of those, 406 were PhDs and 381 were MPhil degrees. Master’s degrees were granted as follows: 295 MS; 279 MA; and 2 MAS. 

Faculty honored at Convocation

The Graduate Student Assembly and GSAS collaborate every year to name three Graduate Mentor Award winners—one from each academic division—who are nominated by students for their extraordinary professional, scholarly, and personal support. This year’s honorees were Inderpal Grewal, professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and of American studies; Maureen Long, professor of geology and geophysics; and Jennifer Richeson, Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology.

In nominating Grewal, one student wrote, “Professor Grewal is someone who thinks across borders, methods, and disciplines. Her scholarship has taught me to think beyond the nation-state, to think across transnational lines, to draw connections, and to critique hegemonic structures of power.” A student of Long’s said, “Professor Long is the best role model I have ever had because of her integrity, scientific merits, and personal/career support.” One of Richeson’s students said, “In every step of the process of conceptualizing projects, running studies, and analyzing data, she encourages us to be transparent with one another, collaborate with one another, and, importantly, look out for one another.”

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