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May 16, 2014

Delhi, Oneonta to host graduations this weekend

Thousands of eager SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Delhi students will receive diplomas at graduation ceremonies this Saturday, officials said.

At the State University College of Technology at Delhi, more than 600 students will graduate at 10 a.m. at the colleges 97th annual commencement exercises, which will take place at the Maines Arena in the Clark Field House, according to a media release. 

President Candace Vancko will recognize the Baccalaureate Student of the Year and the Associate Degree Student of the Year during the ceremony.

Provost John Nader and Vice President for Student Life, Barbara Jones, will also be addressing the students, according to the release. World-renowned wine educator and alumnus, Kevin Zraly, will be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Elizabeth Frisbee, veterinary science technology instructor, will sing the national anthem and school alma mater, the release said.   

More than 1,513 students will graduate from the State University College at Oneonta on Saturday during the school’s 125th commencement ceremonies.

This year, there will be three ceremonies in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House rather than two.

The change is in line with SUNY Oneonta’s fall decision to restructure its two large academic divisions into five separate schools: Economics and Business, Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and Education and Human Ecology.

The ceremony for students graduating from the School of Economics & Business, the School of Arts & Humanities and the School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the School of Education & Human Ecology ceremony at noon and closing with the School of Social Science ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

At these ceremonies, College President Nancy Kleniewski, College Council Chair Patrick Brown and Provost Maria Thompson will speak.

Sylvia R. Carey-Butler, a 1980 alumna, will be presented with an honorary doctorate and will address the graduates. Carey-Butler is the interim executive director of the United Negro College Fund’s Institute for Capacity Building and Director of Enrollment Management Program, according to a release.

Following each of the ceremonies, the graduates and their guests will participate in one of five divisional ceremonies, depending on which school their major belongs to. Graduates will receive individual diplomas at these ceremonies and awards will be presented. 

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