Congratulations to the

School of Journalism Class of 2020

Message from Dean Lindenfeld

Dear 2020 Graduates,

The Class of 2020 is an impressive class of 36 future journalists and media professionals.

In your time at Stony Brook, you have told important stories, including the Pine Barrens Project, stories about Stony Brook and Long Island, and the pandemic’s impact on your communities. 

You have distinguished yourselves, winning awards and recognition from the Hearst Foundation and the Long Island FAIR Media Council, among others. 

Together, you represent 12 counties across the state, three states around the country, and four countries throughout the world. You have worked together to produce great reporting, to help each other track down sources and stories, and to become talented and dedicated young professionals. More than that, you have gained skills and friendships that will help you on your journey, wherever it takes you next.

On top of your tremendous academic achievements, you have overcome incredible obstacles. You all know that this is not how we wanted to celebrate your latest, and largest, achievement:  graduating from Stony Brook University. Your professors, your mentors, and all of us who have supported you throughout your academic career wanted to see you, bedecked in your bright red robes and mortarboards, and share with you these last precious moments of your last semester. Though we are spread far and wide, I and the rest of the School’s faculty and staff are as proud of you today as it is possible for us to be. We look forward to seeing you back on campus so we can celebrate together in December!

This is not the commencement we had all envisioned, but this is still your commencement. Today, you finish an important chapter in your life’s story and commence a new one. Unlike most graduating classes, your plans to move on to jobs, fellowships, internships, or graduate school may not happen as quickly as you want or expect. You are graduating into an unprecedented and uncertain time. Much of what is about to happen to you may be beyond your control. Whatever is coming next, be reassured that your professors and I have full confidence in your abilities. 

We say that journalism is the first draft of history. You are prepared to contribute to that draft, and you have important stories to tell.

Congratulations, Class of 2020! 

The School of Journalism Class of 2020

Margaret Carolyn Osborne*

Donovan Alexis

Quari Christopher Alleyne

Alexander Tarkan Bakirdan

Taylor Jean Beglane^

Joshua Blake

Antonia Rose Brogna^

Christian Alexander Cangiano

Paige Victoria Clarke^

Anna Correa

Jedine Jahneil Daley

Isabelle Desilier

Aminata Diobeh Fall

Ashley Gagen

Frank Nicholas Gargano

Karina Dale Gerry^

Haireti Hairoula

Katherine Grace Hoey

Nicolas Anthony Pennisi*

Jawad Hossain

Andrea Nicole Keckley

Daniel Marcillo

Wilko Martínez-Cachero Vas*

Kian McKoy

Caitlyn Elizabeth McDuffee

Vivica Usha Michel

Arielle Elizabeth Noren

Elizabeth Marie Pulver^

Pedro Leonardo Rodrigues

Luis Antonio Sanchez

Remi Iana Schott

Priya Shahi

Kyriaki Victoria Sideris^

Scott Terwilliger*

Vaidik Trivedi

Megan Elisabeth Valle^

Duffy Edward Zimmerman^

*Summa Cum Laude +Magna Cum Laude ^Cum Laude

Awards & Scholarships

The 2020 Alumni Association Dean’s Choice Award

Each year, the Stony Brook Alumni Association graciously supports a Dean’s Choice Award for an exemplary graduating senior. This year’s Alumni Association Dean’s Choice Award is presented to Margaret Osborne.


The School of Journalism is proud to offer students a variety of scholarships and awards each year thanks to the continued support of generous donors. Here are this year’s scholarship and award recipients:

  • The Robert and Rhoda Amon Memorial Scholarship – Hallie Harvey
  • The Harvey Aronson and Irene Virag Scholarship for Narrative Journalism – Wilko Martínez-Cachero Vas
  • The Catherine M. Ayscue Endowed Memorial Scholarship – Kraig Klein
  • The Carol Chernow Memorial Scholarship – Rabia Gursoy
  • The Daniel Conway Memorial Scholarship – Kenneth Fermin
  • The Matthew T. Crosson Memorial Scholarship – James Bowen
  • The George L. DeWan Memorial Scholarship – Kiara Thomas
  • The Herman Klurfeld Memorial Scholarship – Ryan Magill
  • The Marcy McGinnis Scholarship for Broadcast Journalism – Elisah Asif
  • The Paul A. Schreiber Scholarship – Maya Brown
  • The Martin Buskin Award – Brianne Ledda
  • The Martin Buskin Cub Award – Maya Brown

School of Journalism Banquet & Senior Video

Virtual Commencement

Candidates and their families are invited to participate in a live stream celebration on Friday, May 22 at 12 p.m. where Interim President Michael Bernstein and University Deans will confer degrees. Click on the link below to join the celebration.