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SUNY Potsdam to award 900 diplomas on May 18-19


POTSDAM - The State University of New York at Potsdam will honor nearly 900 students as they earn undergraduate and graduate degrees during the college’s 179th Commencement ceremonies on May 18 and 19.

The 2013 Master’s Commencement Ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. May 18 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. About 140 graduate students are expected to cross the stage and receive their hood to earn their master’s degrees at this ceremony.

Dr. Edward S. Marschilok ‘74, the retired supervisor of the New York State Department of Education’s Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team, will serve as the keynote speaker for the SUNY Potsdam Master’s Commencement Ceremony. He will also be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The 2013 Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. May 19 in the Academic Quad. About 750 bachelor’s students are expected to turn their tassels and earn undergraduate degrees that day.

Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier ‘75, leader and commander of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” will address the bachelor’s graduates. He will also be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Music degree during the ceremony.

The college will hold its Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony outside in the Academic Quad, rain or shine. Guests are asked to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring umbrellas or blankets if needed. There will be an option for guests who are uncomfortable with weather conditions to watch the ceremony on a large screen inside, in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room.

There is an emergency weather plan for the bachelor’s ceremony in the case of extremely inclement conditions like lightning or freezing temperatures. In this case, there will be two ceremonies. At 10 a.m., there will be one ceremony for graduating majors in visual arts, music, theatre and dance in Hosmer Hall at Crane. All other majors will attend a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the Jerry Welsh Gymnasium in Maxcy Hall. Each graduate will receive five tickets for the emergency plan, and all other guests are welcome to view the ceremonies via live video in the Barrington MPR.

During the Commencement celebrations, the college will also recognize two recipients of its most prestigious awards. Deborah Diefendorf Hind ‘75, longtime president of the college’s Alumni Association, will be honored with the 2013 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Sandra Maine ‘78, founder and president of the SunFeather Natural Soap Company, will receive the SUNY Potsdam Leadership Through Service Award at the bachelor’s ceremony.

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