124th Commencement Saturday, May 18
The Class of 2013 will be honored at SUNY Oneonta’s 124th commencement on Saturday, May 18. 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.
A total of 1,618 students are expected to be awarded degrees. More than 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 2012 or the spring of 2013.
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 Maria Thompson will present SUNY Chancellor’s Awards to seven SUNY Oneonta faculty and staff. Council Chair Brown will join President Kleniewski in presenting an honorary SUNY doctorate to ESPN National Correspondent Sal Paolantonio, who will address the graduates.
Senior class President Karina McKitrick will present remarks. Karen Brown, past 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 Carleton Clay. Selections will include the premier performance of “Recessional, Oneonta, 2013,” an original piece composed by Clay and dedicated to the Class of 2013. The Mohawk Valley Frasers will provide bagpipe music for the processional. Vocalist Megan Harrington of the Class of 2013 will lead the audience in singing the national anthem and the alma mater. SUNY Oneonta Distinguished Service Professor Gretchen Sorin of the Cooperstown Graduate Program will serve as the mace bearer.
More information on commencement, including details on parking and locations for divisional ceremonies, are available online.