June 3, 2011

40th Anniversary Graduations

SUNY Empire State College Graduates More Than 3,000 Across New York State

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(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – June 3, 2011) – All across New York state, from Long Island’s shores to Manhattan, the Canadian border, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Syracuse, Rochester and west to Buffalo, more than 3,000 SUNY Empire State College graduates will receive diplomas this spring.

“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.’”

In recognition of the college’s 40th anniversary, three honorary doctorates will be presented to immediate past SUNY Empire State College president and current Lesley University president, Dr. Joseph B. Moore (Rochester); Commonwealth of Learning president and chief executive officer, Sir John Daniel (Saratoga Springs); and American Council on Education vice president and the first African-American and woman president of Suffolk County Community College, Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins (New York City).

The SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution awarding Daniels, Moore and Pippins, three of the world’s leading educators and advocates for open and adult learning, honorary doctorates during its Jan. 11, 2011 meeting, at which time the board also unanimously approved a resolution of support and congratulations on the college’s 40th anniversary.

The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition offered by SUNY to persons of exceptional distinction.

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.

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.”

SUNY Empire State College 2011 Keynote Speakers

Center for Distance Learning: Sir John Daniel, honorary doctorate recipient
Genesee Valley Center: Joseph B. Moore, honorary doctorate recipient
The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies: Christopher Erikson '83 '85
Hudson Valley Center: Sarah Mondale, ’04, teacher and filmmaker
Metropolitan Center: Shirley Robinson Pippins, honorary doctorate recipient
Niagara Frontier Center: Jacqueline Albarella ’09, community activist

Total Graduates for Each Center

Center for Distance Learning (Saratoga Springs): 970
Central New York (Syracuse): 255
The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies (New York City): 260
Genesee Valley Center (Rochester): 255
Hudson Valley Center (Hartsdale): 200
Long Island Center (Old Westbury): 298
Metropolitan Center (New York City): 353
Niagara Frontier Center (Buffalo): 285
Northeast Center (Albany): 248

Graduation ceremonies will be held in:

Buffalo and Syracuse, Saturday, June 4;
Purchase, Sunday, June 5;
Albany and Saratoga Springs, Saturday, June 11;
Rochester, Sunday, June 12;
New York City, Thursday June 16 and Friday, June 17; and
Brookville (L.I.), Saturday, June 18.

For more information contact David Henahan: David.Henahan@esc.edu or 518-321-7038.

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.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link .

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