After all-college general commencement programs at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, graduates, wearing traditional black robes and mortarboards, processed to other campus buildings for divisional ceremonies. Skies were fair, and temperatures were in the high 60-degree range.
“I’ve been looking forward to this day for four years,’’ said James Patrick Dewey, 22, of Horseheads, a biology major. Dewey said he will begin studies in January at Albany University to become a physician assistant.
“I’m very excited to be graduating,” he said.
The opportunities to work with “such great professors” and the academics were the best parts of attending SUNY Oneonta, he said before ceremonies for the division of science and social science.
Susan Bernardin, a professor in the English department and chairwoman of the women’s and gender studies department, asked graduates to set aside fears and other feelings tied to the end of college years and to “failing,” to not finding a job or “the right job.” She encouraged students to take a “leap of faith” about the future, keeping in mind the positive contributions they made during their college years.
“I encourage you to find your own words to live by,” Bernardin said. “Pause to mark this moment of endings and beginnings — you’ll continue to make your mark.”
Peter Furman of Wappingers Falls said seeing his daughter graduate was “very nice.” Michelle Furman, 21, an honors student, studied computer art.
“It seems just yesterday we dropped her off,” he said.