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May 24, 2012

SUNY Empire State College’s Class of 2012 Exceeds 3,300

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – May 24, 2012) The State University of New York Empire State College anticipates the graduating class of 2012 will far surpass last year’s total of 3,300, which set a record for the college.

Students earning bachelor’s degrees make up nearly 75 percent of this year’s class; those earning the associate degree are 20 percent of the total. Master’s degrees and graduate certificates make up 6 percent of the awards.

“Graduation ceremonies and the joyful celebrations of students, family and friends, faculty and staff are the highlight of the college’s year,” said college President Alan R. Davis. “Earning a degree is perhaps the most visible manifestation of ‘The Power of SUNY.’ Degree completion addresses the career education continuum and enables our graduates to better compete for jobs, or advance their careers, to start or advance a business enterprise, enter public service or work at a nonprofit organization, for example. These are just a few of many benefits of a SUNY diploma.”

Empire State College, among the 64 SUNY campuses, offers a distinctive education where faculty mentors guide learners through independent study, onsite, online, or a combination of both, anytime anywhere.

“The record-setting number of graduates speaks volumes to the success of the efforts of the college’s dedicated and talented faculty, students and staff,” said Davis. 

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for June 2-16, from Buffalo to Long Island.

The college is awarding honorary degrees to Diana G. Oblinger and Michael A. Peters, presenting Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and most importantly, recognizing graduates for their academic achievements.

For the most part, the college’s students are busy adults who bring to the college learning from other institutions of higher education, employment, civic organizations and their service to the nation in the military. 

“On behalf of the college, I wish the record-setting class of 2012 best wishes for a bright future,” Davis added.

The date, time and location for each graduation ceremony are linked below.  Additional information about each ceremony will be released prior to the event.

Niagara Frontier Center

Central New York Center

Hudson Valley Center

Northeast Center

Center for Distance Learning

Genesee Valley Center

Metropolitan Center

Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

Long Island Center

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