Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

STONE RIDGE – SUNY Ulster’s sixth President, Alan P. Roberts, will preside over the college’s 53rd Commencement on May 24, on SUNY Ulster’s Soccer Field on the Stone Ridge campus. Over 500 students will receive degrees, certificates, or diplomas.

Graduates marching in academic regalia will receive four tickets each for guests to attend the commencement. The Soccer Field will open for guest seating at 5 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 6 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Senate Gymnasium.

The event will be video streamed live for guests without tickets and can be viewed from any remote location as the ceremony occurs at http://www.sunyulster.edu/campus_and_culture/graduation/graduation_2017.

The graduating class is made up of 557 students. Roberts will present 438 associate degrees and 119 certificates. The graduates are on average 25 years old, with the youngest graduate at 15 and the oldest at nearly 62. Of the class, 62 are graduating with highest honors, 131 are graduating with honors, 10 students graduating with the Honors Studies program, and 74 are members of the national honors fraternity Phi Theta Kappa.

This year marks the first graduating class of the Fashion Design program. Eleven students will receive their Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Design. To date; one student has accepted a position with Karina Dresses, 3 graduates have been accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology, one to Marist College, and one to Berkeley College in their Fashion Merchandising and Management Program.

Sean Pica, founding Member and Executive Director of Hudson Link, will give the keynote address. Sean Pica is one of Hudson Link’s founding members and an alumnus. In 2007, Sean moved from a board position to Executive Director of the organization. During his tenure, he has grown the program from 60 students attending Nyack College at Sing Sing Correctional Facility to more than 510 students attending college preparatory and college programs annually in 6 New York State correctional facilities.

Other speakers include Faculty Marshal Kevin R. Stoner, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty; Timothy J. Sweeney, Chair of the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees; Ulster County Executive Michael Hein; Kenneth J. Ronk Jr., Ulster County Legislature Chair; Anita Williams Peck, Ulster Community College Foundation Chair; and Steven H. Schimmrich, Professor of Earth Science & Geology. 2017 graduates Ariana M. Lawlor and Carol R. Ruffini are serving as Student Marshals, with both bringing greetings from the class of 2017. Maureen Nicholson, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will serve as Grand Marshal.

Pastor David Jolly, of The Saint James Methodist Church, will deliver the invocation and benediction.  Music will be performed by the College Choral Ensemble directed by Janet Gehres and accompanied by Edward Leavitt, and the SUNY Ulster Brass Quintet directed by Victor Izzo.

The security policy does not permit large bags and backpacks. Large purses and diaper bags will be checked. Guests will be asked to leave their strollers in a designated area.

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