24 May 2019

Commencement 2019!

Photo of graduates with confetti, celebrating in Proctors  

Photos of the ceremony

Photos of graduates crossing the stage

Graduate portraits

Video of the ceremony

SUNY Schenectady celebrated the Class of 2019 during the College’s 49th Commencement on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Proctors in downtown Schenectady. Approximately 535 students earned degrees and certificates within the:

       Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law

       Division of Liberal Arts

       Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health

       School of Hotel, Culinary Arts, and Tourism

       School of Music

The Keynote Address was delivered by Dion Flynn, SUNY Schenectady alumnus, comedian, and United States Army Veteran, best known as portraying Barack Obama (and others) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Flynn was cited by O, The Oprah Magazine as “one of our favorite creative thinkers...”

The Student Address was given by Valerie Lenigk, President of the Student Government Association, who earned her associate’s degrees in Mathematics/Science and Science.

Remarks were also made by Dr. Steady Moono, College President; Ann Fleming Brown, Chair of the Board of Trustees; Honorable Gary Hughes, Majority Leader for the Schenectady County Legislature; and Assistant Professor Kimberly Otis, Chair of the Academic Senate.

“At Commencement we congratulate our students on all that they have accomplished as they earn their degrees and certificates and walk across the stage at Proctors to be recognized for all of their hard work and determination,” said Dr. Steady Moono. “We also look upon that day as a way to recognize the vision supporters - all of the friends, families, and professors - who have encouraged this year’s graduates on their educational journeys. We applaud the members of the Class of 2019 on this well-deserved milestone in their lives.”

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to commend this year’s graduates as they earn their degrees and certificates,” said Ann Fleming Brown, Chair of the Board. “We wish them much success as they transfer on for their bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce. They will build upon the excellent foundation of learning they received at SUNY Schenectady.”




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