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May 31, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Hudson Valley Center Holds Graduation Ceremony

More than 200 students will participate in the ceremony, including 12 students who have earned master’s degrees.

(HARTSDALE, N.Y., - May 31, 2012) SUNY Empire State College will host its annual graduation ceremony for the Hudson Valley region at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, in the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.

More than 200 students will participate in the ceremony, including 12 students who have earned master’s degrees. 

The keynote speaker this year is Carol Evans ‘77, president of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation.  In addition, two students will address the graduates: Candis T. Williams of Airmont and Patrick F. McGee of Mahopac.

They are among the more than 3,300 graduates from the record-setting class of 2012.

“Sharing the joy of our graduates and their friends and family is the highlight of the college year,” said President Alan Davis. “My congratulations go out to the students of the Hudson Valley Center  and my appreciation goes to the college’s faculty mentors and staff who have supported their hard work.”

“Sharing the happiness, pride and satisfaction with our graduates, their families and friends and the talented, dedicated faculty mentors and staff who support them is always a wonderful experience,” said Provost Meg Benke. “The college is a community of learners in an open-education model and graduation is the best demonstration of our collective success and the Power of SUNY. I congratulate all the graduates and commend the faculty and staff for their successful efforts.”

"What an honor it is to have Carol Evans speak, as well as our students Candis and Patrick. I am always steadily impressed by the accomplishments of our students and alumni and am glad that on graduation day, others can share in the joy," Dean Gary Lacy said.

“The School for Graduate Studies is proud of all 201 graduates across the state this year,” said R.J. Clougherty, dean of the college’s School for Graduate Studies. “Our pride is dual in that given our service to working professionals, not only have our students succeeded academically, but so many of them have advanced in their careers as a result of completing their degrees."

About Carol  Evans ‘77

Carol Evans is president of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation. Her involvement with Working Mother magazine dates back to 1978, when she played a critical role in its launch and was advertising director and then VP publisher for its first decade. In 1986 she founded the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, which is today the most important workplace benchmark in the country.

In August 2001, after successfully running two publishing companies, Evans acquired Working Mother magazine and the National Association for Female Executives, becoming the first mom to own Working Mother. She launched key initiatives including Best Companies for Multicultural Women and Best Companies for Hourly Workers.

In 2006, Evans acquired Diversity Best Practices, the country’s leading diversity and inclusion membership organization. Since the acquisition, DBP has launched the Network and Affinity Leadership Congress, CEO Roundtables, DBP Benchmarking and Assessment Tool and the Global initiative.

Evans serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the March of Dimes. She has won numerous awards including the Admiral Grace Hopper Women’s Diversity Champion Award from the U.S. Navy.  She speaks nationwide and appears on major talk shows including “Today” and Oprah.” Her book, “This is How We Do It: The Working Mother’s Manifesto," was published by Penguin.

About Patrick F. McGee

Patrick McGee, 48, of Mahopac, will receive a degree in community and human services with a criminal justice concentration. 

He retired from the New York Police Department after a 20-year career, and currently works for the CSX Transportation and Railroad in its police department.

He noted that he decided to return to school to “prove to myself that I could do it, and to show my children that a college degree is a must in today’s work environment.”

He plans to start a graduate-degree program at Marist College this summer in public administration. 

About Candis T. Williams

Candis Williams, 56, was born in Anniston, Ala. but currently lives in Airmont, N.Y. and will graduate with a B.S. in community and human services with a concentration in health and human services. 

She returned to college after 30 years after being laid off; she decided to attend Empire State College in part because her mother is a 1979 graduate of the college. 

Of her experience at the college she notes, “Although attending college is hard work, students attending Empire State College are fortunate to have support and timely guidance to help them succeed.” She hopes to pursue a career as a health-care services patient advocate and to continue to graduate school at the college.

Additional information about all of the college’s graduation ceremonies is available here.

About SUNY Empire State College

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.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

More information about the college is available here.

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