SUNY Potsdam 2014 Commencement Ceremonies Announced


The State University of New York at Potsdam will honor the Class of 2014, as hundreds of students earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees and walk the stage next weekend, during the College's 180th Commencement ceremonies.

During Commencement weekend, SUNY Potsdam will recognize the more than 1,100 students have who either completed their degree or were eligible to graduate between December 2013 and December 2014.

The 2014 Master's Commencement Ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. More than 150 graduate students are expected to cross the stage and receive their hood at the ceremony.

John S. O'Reilly '62, the retired executive vice president and senior editor for Alfred Music, will serve as the keynote speaker for the SUNY Potsdam's Master's Commencement Ceremony. He will also be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree.

The 2014 Bachelor's Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the Academic Quad. Nearly 700 undergraduates are expected to turn their tassels and earn their bachelor's degrees at the ceremony.

Emmett C. Murphy '65, the chair of Murphy Leadership and president of the Wilson Center for Leadership and Innovation, will address the bachelor's graduates. He will also be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the ceremony.

The College will hold its Bachelor's Commencement Ceremony outside in the Academic Quad, rain or shine. Guests are asked to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring umbrellas, blankets or sunscreen if needed. There will be an option for guests who are uncomfortable with weather conditions to watch the ceremony live on a large screen inside, in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room.

There is an emergency weather plan for the bachelor's ceremony, in the case of extremely dangerous conditions like lightning. Under the emergency plan, there would be two bachelor's ceremonies. At 10 a.m., one ceremony would be held for graduating visual arts, music, theatre and dance majors in Hosmer Hall at Crane. Immediately following, all other graduating students will attend a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the Jerry Welsh Gymnasium in Maxcy Hall. Each graduate has five tickets for the emergency plan; all other guests are welcome to view the ceremonies via live video in the Barrington MPR.

During the Commencement celebrations, the College will also recognize two recipients of its most prestigious awards. Jeffrey Washburn '79, longtime president of the College's Alumni Association, will be honored with the 2014 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Joyce Yianoukos '71, the co-president of the Potsdam Hospital Guild and a dedicated volunteer for her alma mater, will receive the SUNY Potsdam Leadership Through Service Award.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.