POTSDAM - The State University of New York at Potsdam will honor nearly 900 students as they earn undergraduate and graduate degrees during the colleges 179th Commencement ceremonies on May 18 and 19.
The 2013 Masters Commencement Ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. May 18 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdams Crane School of Music. About 140 graduate students are expected to cross the stage and receive their hood to earn their masters degrees at this ceremony.
Dr. Edward S. Marschilok 74, the retired supervisor of the New York State Department of Educations Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team, will serve as the keynote speaker for the SUNY Potsdam Masters Commencement Ceremony. He will also be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
The 2013 Bachelors Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. May 19 in the Academic Quad. About 750 bachelors 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, Pershings Own, will address the bachelors graduates. He will also be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Music degree during the ceremony.
The college will hold its Bachelors 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 bachelors 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 colleges 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 bachelors ceremony.