March 19, 2021

Sudip K. Bose, M.D., commencement speaker Sudip K. Bose, M.D., commencement speakerSusquehanna 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: Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Sunday, May 16 at 10 a.m.

In-person Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 are scheduled for Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“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.”

Ceremonies for both classes will take place in the Field House of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex.

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.

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 combat 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.