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Congratulations Class of 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020! Your hard work has brought you to this point and your degree will follow you wherever you go as a testament to that. It has been my pleasure to be part of this journey for some of you. Best of luck!

-Dr. Emily Bell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Congratulations graduating class of 2020! You’ve accomplished something incredible. Celebrate this important day!

-Tracy Langkilde, Department Head, Biology

Congratulations, Class of 2020! Though I am no longer at Penn State, I still consider you all to be "my" students. I am so proud of all you have accomplished, and especially so during these difficult times. I know that your drive and passion will serve you well as you navigate through your future endeavors. WE ARE all excited to see how you will change the world for the better!

-David Zach

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! I have enjoyed working with each of you and know that you will do great things! Keep in touch - I would love to hear about more of your journey!

-Melissa Krajcovic, Prehealth and Science Advising

Congratulations Spring 2020 Graduates!

We are all so proud of how you rose to the challenge of an unprecedented semester! You have the respect and admiration of everyone in the College of Science, and we only wish that we could celebrate your graduation in person! Good luck, take care, and please come back to visit!

-John Waters, Biology

Congratulations Penn State 2020 Graduates!!!

-Jessica Beemiller, Biology

The closer we get to May 9, the more excited I am for this ceremony. I have been waiting all year to join you at commencement to celebrate my favorite day of the academic year, and it is finally here. I know that we will celebrate together, in person some day soon, but until then, my message is the same: You all deserve every honor and accolade for completing your degrees and getting to this moment together. You worked hard to get here, so congratulations and best wishes to the class of 2020!

-Christopher Palma, Associate Dean



We can't be together today, but we will be together in the future. I encourage all of you to keep connected with Penn State, and to help future students just as you have been helped by those who graduated before you. I could not be more proud of your accomplishments and the plans I am watching convert from "the future" into "the now!

-Joanna Matta, Science Advising Center


Congratulations to the 2020 graduating class! I had a wonderful time advising and teaching many of you as a pre-health advisor. Working with you was inspiring and gave me hope for the future. Congrats on completing this part of your journey, and good luck as you embark on new adventures!

-David Cassiday, Pre-Health/Nutritional Sciences

Congratulations, Class of 2020!! You have pressed on and shown your true colors! You can make it through anything the world throws out at you and come out better for it. It's been a pleasure watching you grow over the past few years and I can't wait to see what lies ahead for you. You are going to make big differences. You should be proud of your accomplishments and know that you are ready to face any challenge ahead. WE ARE!!

-Tricia Hunt, Health Professions Advising

Congratulations! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey!

-Dan Sykes, Chemistry

Congratulations Class of 2020! I wish all of you the best as you begin your new adventure! I am sorry that we could not celebrate your graduation the way we all hoped -but know that the Penn State community wishes you the best! Congratulations!

-Denise Woodward, Biology

Graduation is my favorite time of the year because we get to celebrate all the amazing things you do as Penn State students, athletes, LAs or TAs, volunteers, leaders, travelers and researchers. It is inspiring to think of how you will all go on to change the world. Thank you for being part of ECoS and best wishes to your future!

-Janelle Malcos, Biology

As one chapter of your life closes and you embark on new beginnings, follow your passion in whatever endeavors you have set out to achieve. The foundation of success in following your heart’s desires can be attributed to collaboration, community, cooperation, compassion and creativity. Remember to be compassionate with everyone and recognize that they all express their fears and concerns in their own ways.

-Beatrice Sirakaya, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Congratulations to the 2020 ScienceLion Pride graduates! Getting to know and work with each of you has been a pleasure. Thank you for all your contributions over the past 4 years; the club is stronger because of your involvement!

Continued success in all your endeavors!!

-Megan Holmes, Dean's Office

Congratulations to all of you! The world needs you more than ever.

-James Endres Howell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Congratulations to everyone! You made it and we are proud!

-Kirstin Purdy Drew, Physics

Vote. Be creative. Think carefully. Practice tolerance. Use your skills wisely. Work hard. And don't wait too long to take over the world. We need you.

-Carina Curto, Mathematics

Thank you for allowing us to help you succeed in your goal to achieve the best. Keep shining!

-Bharath Narayanan, Mathematics

Congratulations Class of 2020! I'm sorry that you can't be on campus to enjoy this special day. We are all thinking of you and missing you and celebrating the many wondrous things you've accomplished.

Best Wishes,

Phil Bevilacqua

Head, Department of Chemistry


Helen Greatrex, Statistics

Congratulations to our graduating seniors. I wish you success.

-Stephen W. Schaeffer, Biology

Calibrating my webcam before my first streamed class.

Calibrating my webcam before

my first streamed class

Congratulations to all my graduating students! I appreciate your outstanding participation that enabled us finish the full syllabus despite the difficult times in the last half of the semester. Remember what you learned and use it well! I wish you all success in the future!

-Chris Byrne, Mathematics


The protein ladder team (Joey Shibata, Jack Williamson, Ryan Santilli, Rosie Sowers and Song Tan)

The protein ladder team
(Joey Shibata, Jack Williamson, Ryan Santilli, Rosie Sowers and Song Tan)

Go out and fulfill your destiny to do great things. The world needs your talent, enthusiasm and compassion now more than ever! Stay Penn State Proud!

-Song Tan, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Physics Department, congratulations to the Class of 2020 Physics majors. All the best with your future careers and please do stay in touch with us. Consider joining the PSU Physics Alumni group on so we can invite you back to campus! Kudos on all of your hard work over these last four years and all the best in the future!

-Richard Robinett, Physics

Congratulations to the class of 2020, persevering and rising above unprecedented obstacles.

-Bob Harris, Biology

Very Proud of this graduate, Wuyan Wang, Math 2020!

Very Proud of this graduate, Wuyan Wang, Math 2020!

Your generation gets to influence the new normal. Please study history as well as your technical fields! Congratulations! We are honored to have been your teachers, and we're proud of you.

-Diane Henderson, Mathematics

Jennifer Keefer.

Jennifer Keefer.

Never give up on finding a career that brings you joy everyday! It took me 11 years to find mine! Take advantage of every opportunity and experience that you can because you never know where it will take you! Best wishes to all of you!

-Jennifer Stingelin Keefer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dear graduates,

My warmest congratulation on your achievement. The skills and the knowledge you gained at Penn State are the key that will open many doors for you. There are exciting possibilities ahead of you, even if they may be obscured by clouds right now -- these clouds will lift, as they always do, and will reveal a bright future.

-Mark Levi, Head, Department of Mathematics

Congrats to the class of 2020 in this truly unusual time! It pains me that we can't be physically present to celebrate this amazing accomplishment of yours, but know that, given how challenging the world is right now, it is truly an outstanding achievement.

-John Neisser, Biology

Forensic Science 415 - CSI on scene...

Forensic Science 415 - CSI on scene...

I wish you the best as you embark on the next phase of your journey beyond the bounds of Penn State. May you all enjoy exciting and rewarding careers with the realization that your work serves the interests of society and justice. To help illuminate your path through science and the world, heed the words of a renowned scientist:

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie

-Ralph R. Ristenblatt III, Forensics/BMB

Mengrui Cao.

Mengrui Cao

Congratulations Mengrui Cao on outstanding work, both in the classroom and in the laboratory! Good luck at the Univ. Chicago!

-Paul Cremer, Chemistry