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Toledo native, distinguished educator to deliver keynote address at UT commencement Dec. 17

Toledo native Dr. Timothy Law Snyder, who is currently the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will present the keynote address at The University of Toledo fall commencement 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in Savage Arena.

Snyder, who will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony, will address 2,066 candidates for degrees, including 93 doctoral, 584 master’s, 1,346 bachelor’s and 43 associate’s degree candidates.

Dr. Timothy Law SnyderSnyder is a distinguished American educator and academic administrator whose career includes success as a computational mathematician, musician, published scholar, lecturer and podcaster. He attended Toledo Public Schools and graduated from The University of Toledo in 1981 with bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and mathematics. Additionally, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics from UT in 1983. Snyder also holds a second master’s degree and doctoral degree in computational mathematics from Princeton University.

“We’re honored to have Dr. Timothy Snyder return to his alma mater as our fall commencement speaker,” said UT President Sharon L. Gaber. “His career is proof that goals can be multidirectional, and success follows people who work hard to make lasting contributions, no matter what career paths they choose over a lifetime.”

In 2014, The University of Toledo Alumni Association recognized Snyder with its College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Outstanding Alumnus Award.

“I return to my hometown with pride and excitement to deliver the keynote commencement address. My educational path and career were profoundly shaped by my years at UT,” Snyder said. “I continue to resonate with UT’s mission to improve the human condition and advance knowledge, among its other values. I hope to inspire graduates to pursue their life goals with creativity and integrity.”

Snyder has held academic positions at Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and at Georgetown University, where he was chair of the Department of Computer Science and its first dean of science. Additionally, he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, Conn., and vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University-Maryland. In 2015, Snyder was appointed the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Snyder has published and presented widely on topics including computational mathematics, data structures, design and analysis of algorithms, geometric probability, digital signal processing, computer music, and the education of the millennial generation. More recently, he has been working on risk assessment in commercial airline safety, as well as on HIV and its prevention.

A musician most of his life, Snyder was lead singer in the touring rock-and-punk band Whirlwind from 1976 to 1983. His music can be found on iTunes and SoundCloud. He also is active in social media through his Twitter handle @LMUSnyder.

UT’s fall commencement ceremony will recognize graduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Business and Innovation, Health and Human Services, Medicine and Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Judith Herb College of Education.

Additionally, UT’s College of Engineering will hold a commencement ceremony for its undergraduate and graduate candidates 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 in Savage Arena.

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