SUNY Oneonta to hold 125th Commencement
The college will offer three ceremonies in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House. The ceremony for students graduating from the School of Economics & Business, the School of Arts & Humanities and the School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the School of Education & Human Ecology ceremony at noon and the School of Social Science ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Following each of the ceremonies, the graduates and their guests will participate in one of five school ceremonies, where individual diplomas and awards will be presented.
A total of 1,513 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 2013 or the spring of 2014.
Live web streams of three commencement ceremonies will be available online. It is recommended that those planning to tune in test the web link on their browsers prior to commencement day.
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 10 SUNY Oneonta faculty and staff:
• Charles Joe Weaver, supervising painter in the Maintenance Operations Center, will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.
• Leslie Hasbargen, associate professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; William Vining, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Charlene Christie, chair and associate professor of Psychology; will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
• Carol Exley, lecturer in the Department of Education, and Cynthia Klink, lecturer, in the Department of Anthropology, will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
• Brian Haley, professor of Anthropology, will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
• Michael Koch, chair and associate professor of Philosophy, will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
• Jeanne Miller, associate vice president for student life in the Office of Student Development, and Elizabeth Tirado, director of business services in the Office of Finance and Administration, will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
Council Chair Brown will join President Kleniewski in presenting an honorary SUNY doctorate to Sylvia R. Carey-Butler, who will address the graduates. A 1980 graduate of SUNY Oneonta, Carey-Butler has earned a reputation as a highly regarded scholar, leader and innovator during her 30-year career in higher education.
As interim executive director of the United Negro College Fund’s Institute for Capacity Building and Director of Enrollment Management Program, Carey-Butler has partnered with 38 leaders at private historically black colleges and universities to increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates, particularly for African American males. She has conducted extensive research on student success in higher education, is a frequent invited speaker on the topic, and has developed and convened four national enrollment management conferences.
More information on commencement, including details on parking and locations for the school ceremonies, is available online.