ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Thousands of parents, family members, alumni, and friends will be on hand on Saturday, May 22, to honor the Class of 2010 at the SUNY College at Oneonta’s 121st Commencement. An honorary SUNY Doctor of Science degree will be presented to Ronald Garan, a NASA astronaut and space shuttle veteran who earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1982. Colonel Garan will address the graduates as the Commencement speaker.
The College will offer two ceremonies in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House, one at 10 a.m. and one at noon. Depending on their major, students will attend one of the ceremonies. Following each of the ceremonies, the graduates and their guests will participate in one of several divisional ceremonies, where the graduates will receive individual diplomas and awards.
In all, over 1,400 students are expected to be awarded degrees. Over 1,000 are expected to participate in the annual ceremony, which will include graduates who completed the requirements for bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificates of advanced study in the summer or fall of 2009 or the spring of 2010. At the ceremony, College President Nancy Kleniewski will offer the welcome and introduction of honored guests, and Patrick Brown, Chair of the College Council, will greet the assembly.
President Kleniewski and Provost F. Daniel Larkin will present the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to Cynthia Lassonde, Assistant Professor of Education; the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service to Mark Rice, Director of Counseling; and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service to Dale Couse, Chief Janitor.
President Kleniewski and Provost Larkin will confer the degrees on graduates. Patrick Brown will join President Kleniewski in presenting the honorary SUNY doctorate to Ronald Garan. Upon receipt of his honorary degrees, he will offer an address to the graduates.
Senior class President Adam Moulter will present remarks. Karen Brown, President-Elect of the Alumni Association, will greet the College’s newest alumni.
Music for the ceremonies will be provided by the Catskill Brass under the direction of Professor Carleton Clay. Selections will include the premiere performance of “Recessional, Oneonta, 2010,” an original piece composed by Professor Clay and dedicated to the Class of 2010.
The Mohawk Valley Frasers will provide bagpipe music for the processional. Vocalist Kari Crimmins of the Class of 2010 will lead the audience in singing the national anthem and the alma mater. SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor James Ebert of the Earth Sciences Department will serve as the mace bearer.