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June 16, 2011

College’s Metropolitan Center to Graduate 352

SUNY Empire State College Graduates More Than 3,000 Across New York State

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(NEW YORK, N.Y. – June 15, 2011) – SUNY Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center will recognize 352 candidates at its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway.

Shirley Robinson Pippins, senior vice president for programs and services at ACE, and the first African-American and woman to lead one of the largest SUNY community colleges, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In her position at ACE, Pippins oversees a division that includes the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, Institutional Services, Office of Women in Higher Education, The Spectrum Initiative, Center for Effective Leadership Center for Lifelong Learning, Corporate Programs, Military Programs and the GED® Testing Service.

Pippins came to ACE in 2009 from Suffolk County Community College in New York where she had served as president of the two-year, multi-campus institution since 2003.

“Graduation is the best day of the year in the life of the college,” said Dean Cynthia Ward, of the Metropolitan Center. “Our graduates, faculty and staff who support them have worked hard and we are proud to celebrate this important milestone in their lives. Congratulations go to our graduates and my appreciation and thanks go to our outstanding faculty and staff.”

“The majority of our students are busy people who study part time and juggle careers, families, civic and volunteer responsibilities in their communities. After graduation, most stay here and continue to have a positive social and economic impact in New York,” said President Alan R. Davis. “Whether they have studied at any of our 35 locations in New York, online through our Center for Distance Learning, or increasingly a combination of both, we are proud to confer a SUNY degree to each and every one of them. They truly are ‘The Power of SUNY.’”

This year, 10 Dean’s Medals will be awarded for the first time to recipients in the School for Graduate Studies who have excelled in their research efforts. More information about, and a list of, the first-ever Dean’s Medal recipients is available here.

Dean Robert Clougherty, of the School for Graduate Studies, said, “It gives me great pleasure to recognize these graduate students in this way. Graduate work is challenging and rewarding – especially when juggling work and family responsibilities. And since we all know that the job market they face upon graduation is uncertain, I am truly thrilled that I have the opportunity to say to these hard-working students, job well done.”

All across New York state, from Long Island’s shores to Manhattan, the Canadian boarder, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Syracuse, Rochester and west to Buffalo, more than 3,000 SUNY Empire State College graduates will receive diplomas this spring.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link .

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