ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The Class of 2011 will be honored at SUNY Oneonta’s 122nd commencement on Saturday, May 21. 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 majors, 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 individual diplomas and awards will be presented.
In all, 1,484 students are expected to be awarded degrees. Over 1,000 will 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 2010 or the spring of 2011.
College President Nancy Kleniewski will offer the welcome and introduction of honored guests, and College Council Chair Patrick Brown will greet the assembly. President Kleniewski and Provost F. Daniel Larkin will present the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Devin Castendyk. Director of Special Programs Lynda Bassette will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Creative Media Services Secretary Donna Baker will receive the Chancellor’s Award in Classified Service.
Council Chair Brown will join President Kleniewski in presenting an honorary SUNY doctorate to former NASA researcher and director Dr. Malcolm M. Cohen, who will address the graduates.
Senior class President Francisco Silveira, Jr. and Vice President Eric Greenop will present remarks. Karen Brown, president of the college’s 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 premier performance of "Recessional, Oneonta, 2011," an original piece composed by Professor Clay and dedicated to the Class of 2011.
The Mohawk Valley Frasers will provide bagpipe music for the processional. Vocalist Raymond DeLaney of the Class of 2011 will lead the audience in singing the national anthem and the alma mater. SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Gretchen Sullivan Sorin of the Cooperstown Graduate Program will serve as the mace bearer.