Graduate Commencement April 2022


Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11 a.m.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences awarded 161 Doctoral degrees and 149 Masters degrees to students at the 2022 Graduate Commencement Ceremony. This ceremony celebrated student graduating in December 2021 as well as April and August 2022. Distinguished speaker, Dr. Nancy Targett delivered remarks.

Dr. Nancy Targett delivers commencement ceremony speech

We are living in complex and challenging times. And yes, there is a lot of division in the world. And that division is particularly ironic to me because despite the silos we as humans seem to insist on putting ourselves into (silos that are ideological, regional, ethnic, racial, gender-oriented, etc.), despite the rancor we too often witness—we are, in fact, more connected, more integrated, than ever. We see it in the natural world, where, for example, the spread of viruses and the impacts of climate change know no boundaries. And, we see it in our human world—with real time global supply chains, news and social media stories that reverberate across the world, and medical discoveries (think small pox and polio vaccines or more recently covid vaccines) that have transnational impacts. The impacts of music and the arts also extend far beyond our man-made boundaries.

Dr. Nancy Targett holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Miami (FL), and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Maine. She has served as Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and President of the University of Delaware (UD). She served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware.

For more information please review the 2022 Commencement Program (PDF).

Webcast of the 2022 Commencement Ceremony