A weekend packed with graduation ceremonies and alumni reunions offered a return to normalcy and a chance to experience Commencement and Reunion in-person, for both first-timers and graduates from across generations.
Brown University welcomed back its 2020 graduates, who missed their in-person Commencement when COVID-19 arrived their senior year, for the full, traditional experience of Commencement and Reunion Weekend.
Class of 2020 Ph.D. graduate Miroslava Nikolaeva Nikolova delivered her speech, “Reflections on a Pandemic and the Strength of the Saguaro,” at the Class of 2020 Graduate School Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2022, as part of Brown’s 254th Commencement.
Class of 2020 master’s of public health graduate Abdullah Shihipar delivered his speech, “A Better World is Possible: Using Our Platforms to Imagine New Possibilities,” at the Class of 2020 Graduate School Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2022, as part of Brown’s 254th Commencement.
Reggae artist and 2022 honorary degree recipient Orville Shaggy Burrell spoke to members of the Class of 2020 at their Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2022, as part of Brown’s 254th Commencement.
Dr. Seth Berkley, a physician and public health leader who earned his bachelor’s degree and M.D. from Brown, delivered the Baccalaureate address to the undergraduate Class of 2022. A pioneer in global public health, Berkley is both a champion of equitable access to vaccines, and a driving force for improving the way the world prevents and responds to infectious disease.
Professor of Medicine and Medical Science Dr. Allan R. Tunkel addressed Class of 2022 and Class of 2020 M.D. graduates at the Warren Alpert Medical School Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 29, 2022, as part of Brown’s 254th Commencement. Tunkel, whose speech was titled “Lessons Learned from My Life as a Physician,” was introduced by 2022 M.D. graduate Gisel Bello.
Class of 2022 M.D. graduate Adriel Barrios-Anderson ’17 delivered his speech, “Experts in Uncertainty,” at the Warren Alpert Medical School Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 29, 2022, as part of Brown’s 254th Commencement. Julian Medina ’17 and M.D. Class of 2022, introduced Barrios-Anderson.
Brown University President Christina H. Paxson addressed graduates from the College, the Graduate School and the Warren Alpert Medical School at the University Ceremony on Sunday, May 29, 2022, as part of Brown’s 254th Commencement.
During Commencement and Reunion Weekend, the University bestowed honorary degrees on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Dr. Seth Berkley of the Vaccine Alliance, recording artist Shaggy and six other accomplished leaders.
Alumni who received their doctoral and master’s degrees in 2020 experienced Commencement and Reunion the way they’d long hoped to — across multiple days, in-person and surrounded by loved ones on College Hill.
The University will celebrate its Class of 2022 graduates, members of the Class of 2020 who missed their in-person Commencement experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and alumni from across the generations.
Mira Nikolova and Abdullah Shihipar, who respectively earned a Ph.D. and master’s from Brown in 2020, will return to campus to address their fellow alumni during a dedicated Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 28.
Adriel Barrios-Anderson, who served as a student orator upon earning his bachelor’s degree from Brown in 2017, hopes to inspire newly minted M.D.s to feel confident about embracing the uncertainty of the future.
In keeping with a Brown tradition that dates back more than two and a half centuries, seniors Kaitlan Bui, Alexandra Ali Martínez and Michelle Liu will address their fellow graduates during Commencement 2022.