Commencement

Grads celebrate at 2018 Commencement

Our 131st Commencement will be Saturday, May 9, 2020


Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Ceremony Recordings

Videos of the three ceremonies are available on You Tube
9 a.m. ceremony -- School of Sciences
1 p.m. ceremony -- School of Liberal Arts
4:30 p.m. ceremony -- School of Economics and Business and School of Education, Human Ecology and Sports Studies

Photography

A photo gallery of highlights from the day is available in the SUNY Oneonta Photo Library.

A professional photography firm will offer a special portrait pack of each graduate. The firm will contact the graduates' families directly.

You can also check out the 130th commencement Exposure story, a collection of photos and short videos recapping senior week and commencement day.


Commencement Speakers

Crystal Williams
Crystal Williams

 James C. Zachos ('81) spoke at the 9 a.m. ceremony, and Crystal L. Williams ('77) spoke at both the 1 and 4:30 p.m. ceremonies.

Crystal L. Williams has dedicated her life’s work to seeking justice for refugees and asylum seekers, litigating employment-based immigration law cases, and helping to shape federal immigration policy. She reached the pinnacle of her career as the CEO and executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the premier national association for immigration law attorneys.

Among her many accomplishments at AILA, she helped advance the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) initiative, co-authoring a treatise on immigration law and starting a new pro bono program.

James Zachos
James Zachos

James C. Zachos is a highly respected and frequently cited paleoclimatologist, consistently at the forefront of research to reconstruct Earth's climate history. His work has been published in some of the most prestigious journals and reports, and his expertise in climate change has resulted in countless invitations to speak at conferences around the world.

He has served on several research cruises of the Ocean Drilling Program and as an editor of major scientific journals. In 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the greatest honors an American scientist can receive. In addition, he has shared his knowledge with future generations as a professor of geology for nearly 30 years.

 

Commencement Honors

Four students, five faculty members and three staff members were recognized as SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners for the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • James Bethel, a Communication Studies major from Saugerties, NY, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence;
  • Lesley Bidwell, director of IT Networking and Telecommunications, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service;
  • Keith Byam, maintenance assistant - locksmith, has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service;
  • Robert Compton, professor of Africana and Latino Studies (ALS) and political science and chair of the ALS Department, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service;
  • Amie Doughty, professor of English, has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching;
  • Madeline Frank, a Biology major from Syracuse, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence;
  • Michelle Hendley, librarian, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship;
  • Gina Keel, associate professor of political science, has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching;
  • Izabella Lokshina, chair of the Management, Marketing and Information Systems Department, has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; and
  • Florian Reyda, professor of biology, has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching;
  • Rosario Rodriguez, a Mass Communications major from Greenport, NY, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence; and
  • Karly Schuhart, a Child and Family Studies major from Penfield, NY, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

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