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June 3, 2011

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

Nearly 300 graduate in Buffalo

40th Anniversary Logo

(BUFFALO, N.Y. – June 3, 2011) – SUNY Empire State College’s Niagara Frontier Center will recognize 285 candidates at its graduation ceremony Saturday, June 4, at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College. Alumna and community activist Jacqueline Albarella ’09, is the keynote speaker. Actor and filmmaker Peter Johnson ’11, who stars in many Buffalo-area productions and made a documentary about the 1958 University at Buffalo football team, is the student speaker.

President Alan Davis, Mentor Greg Edwards and his daughter-in-law Kelsey Edwards

President Alan Davis, Mentor Greg Edwards and his daughter-in-law Kelsey Edwards

“Graduation is the best day of the year in the life of the college,” said Dean Nan DiBello of the Niagara Frontier Center. “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 .

Members of the 2011 NFC Graduating Class

Members of the 2011 NFC Graduating Class

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.

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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