Forty-two graduates and their families attended the School of Computing and Information Fall 2021 Recognition Ceremony on December 3 in the William Pitt Union. As the first opportunity to host an in-person graduation ceremony in two years, this was a momentous occasion for the community to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Those unable to attend in-person were able to view the ceremony remotely.
Dr. Adam Lee, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, opened the ceremony and welcomed family and friends of the graduates.
“Today we congratulate you on your outstanding contributions to the school, the University, and the varied professions that comprise the fields of computing and information,” he said. “As we send you off into these careers, we are aware that your work is increasingly vital. The research you’ve done and the skills you’ve acquired are essential to nearly every facet of society.”
The graduates were then introduced by department/program chairs and directors Dr. John Ramirez, Bob Perkoski, Dr. Alex Labrinidis, Dr. Prashant Krishnamurthy, and Dr. Mary Kay Biagini.
After all students had been presented, Mark Shozda (SCI ’80), former CTO/CIO at the FNB Corporation and current SCI Alumni Board President, officially welcomed the graduates into the SCI alumni society.
“We hope that each of you, as new alumni, will offer your talents, experience and insight to current and future SCI students. As I can attest from my personal experience, your ongoing engagement can truly make a difference,” Shozda said. “Hail to Pitt!”