Statewide Celebratory Events Mark College’s 43rd Commencement
By David Henahan, director of communications, Office of Communications and Government Relations
June 11, 2015
Statewide celebratory events beginning in Buffalo and concluding on Long Island mark SUNY Empire State College’s 43rd annual commencement season.
Approximately 3,000 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and undergraduate and advanced graduate certificates will be conferred on the class of 2015.
For the first time, this year all undergraduate students were able to select which among seven of the college’s eight ceremonies to attend.
“We wanted to offer a graduating student living in Rochester or Syracuse, who may have relatives living in New York City, the Hudson Valley, or the Capital Region, the same type of flexibility for commencement that they have come to expect from their education,” said Merodie A. Hancock, president of the college.
“Graduates living throughout the state who have completed their undergraduate degrees primarily online now may join fellow undergraduate students who completed their degrees in largely face-to-face settings at events close to home, or anywhere in the state that best meets their needs.”
In keeping with the college’s long-standing tradition, graduate and undergraduate students will provide commencement remarks at each event.
In addition, Brian A. Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of United Way, will provide the commencement address at the college’s New York City ceremony Thursday, June 18, immediately after the college confers on him an honorary doctorate in humane letters in recognition of his leadership of the largest privately funded nonprofit in the world.
Sterling Roberson, vice president for career and technical education high schools, United Federation of Teachers, will provide the keynote address at the commencement event for Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies students. This ceremony will take place Friday, June 19, in New York City. The college’s labor center educates UFT’s paraprofessionals and the apprentices of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 and the United Association of Pipefitters and Plumbers Local 1.
Did You Know
Effective with the Fall 1 term (2015), Empire State College will award a $20 per credit grant to all active-duty military, guard, reservists and veterans up to a maximum of 12 credits per term for undergraduate study.