Commencement Ceremonies Set for Class of 2020, 2021

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Sudip K. Bose, M.D.

March 19, 2021

Susquehanna University has announced Commencement plans for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020.

“It is with great excitement that we announce plans for in-person Commencement ceremonies for two classes of Susquehanna graduates,” said University President Jonathan Green. “They have endured an academic journey unlike any graduates who have come before them, marked by extraordinary challenges and remarkable perseverance. We look forward to celebrating on campus with them and their families.”

To ensure a safe environment for all involved in Commencement exercises, Susquehanna will host graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at three separate times over the weekend of May 15–16.

The ceremonies will take place in the Field House of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, May 16 at 10 a.m.

By limiting the number of graduates at each ceremony, the university will be able to safely seat up to four ticketed guests per graduating senior. Commencement will be livestreamed as well as recorded to accommodate those unable to attend in person.

An in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m. An additional ceremony may be added if necessary.

“I thank the Class of 2020 for the patience and grace they have extended over this past year,” Green said. “We look forward to reuniting with them at the graduation ceremony they so deserve.”

Decorated Army Veteran to Address Graduates

Sudip K. Bose, M.D., will address individually the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.

Bose is an emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, professor and entrepreneur. A former major in the United States Army, Bose is an Iraq war veteran with 12 years of service. He was recognized as a CNN Hero for serving as the U.S. physician who treated Saddam Hussein after his capture. He served one of the longest continuous combat tours by a military physician since World War II, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. In 2014, Bose founded The Battle Continues, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans fight health battles beyond combat. 

Currently, Bose splits his time as a practicing emergency physician at the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, and teaching as a clinical professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. 

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