June 9, 2011
College’s Center for Distance Learning to Graduate Nearly 1,000
SUNY Empire State College Graduates More Than 3,000 Across New York State
Maho Cavalier (center right), a Business, Management and Economics graduate, traveled from Japan to attend the ceremony. She was joined by her mother (center left), Sir John Daniel (far left) and Empire State College President Alan R. Davis (far right).
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – June 6, 2011) – SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning will recognize 970 candidates at its graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This represents the largest class in the center’s history, reflecting the growing popularity of online courses. The center offers more than 500 courses online in 11 areas of study.
Sir John Daniel, chief executive officer of the Commonwealth of Learning, and one of the world’s leading authorities on open and distance education will be the keynote speaker and recipient of a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa. In 1994, Sir John Daniel was knighted by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, for services to education, recognizing the achievements of his long and distinguished career as an academic and administrator in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Prior to his current position at the Commonwealth of Learning, he held senior positions at universities in Canada and the U.K. as well as serving as assistant director-general for education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Nursing graduate Pat Green, who served as the student speaker, celebrated with her son, Michael.
"Graduation is the best day of the year in the life of the college,” said Interim Dean Thomas Mackey, of the Center for Distance Learning. “Our graduates, faculty and staff who support them have worked hard and we are proud to celebrate this important milestone in their lives. Congratulations go to our graduates and my appreciation and thanks go to our outstanding faculty and staff.”
“The majority of our students are busy people who study part time and juggle careers, families, civic and volunteer responsibilities in their communities. After graduation, most stay here and continue to have a positive social and economic impact in New York,” said President Alan R. Davis. “Whether they have studied at any of our 35 locations in New York, online through our Center for Distance Learning, or increasingly a combination of both, we are proud to confer a SUNY degree to each and every one of them. They truly are ‘The Power of SUNY.’”
This year, 10 Dean’s Medals will be awarded for the first time to recipients in the School for Graduate Studies who have excelled in their research efforts. More information about, and a list of, the first-ever Dean’s Medal recipients is available here .
Community and Human Services graduate Juanita Hotchkiss, standing left, posed with her family during the Friday night mixer.
Dean Robert Clougherty, of the School for Graduate Studies, said, “It gives me great pleasure to recognize these graduate students in this way. Graduate work is challenging and rewarding – especially when juggling work and family responsibilities. And since we all know that the job market they face upon graduation is uncertain, I am truly thrilled that I have the opportunity to say to these hard-working students, job well done.”
All across New York state, from Long Island’s shores to Manhattan, the Canadian boarder, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Syracuse, Rochester and west to Buffalo, more than 3,000 SUNY Empire State College graduates will receive diplomas this spring.
About SUNY Empire State College
Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.