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May 7, 2003
OSWEGO -- A SUNY Oswego alumnus who directs homeland security in the nation's capital will present the keynote speech kicking off the college's Commencement Eve ceremonies Friday, May 16.
Jerome DuVal, the director of Citizen Corps - Homeland Security for the District of the Columbia, will speak at the 6:30 p.m. dinner and emcee the 9 p.m. Torchlight Ceremony in Sheldon Park.
A 1992 SUNY Oswego graduate with a degree in communications and public relations, DuVal spearheads efforts to keep the capital secure and involve citizens in making their own communities safer. The Wolcott native, the youngest of 21 siblings in a farm family, earned his master's in social work from Syracuse University.
Sponsored by the Oswego Alumni Association, Torchlight offers graduates' families a chance to share a celebratory dinner, salute the class of 2003 and experience a longstanding Oswego tradition. Commencement Eve activities will begin with a 5 p.m. reception at The Forum in Hewitt Union and dinner in the ballroom. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made by calling 312-2258 or reserving online at
Graduating seniors attending the dinner with at least one family member or friend can purchase their ticket for $5, thanks to a grant from Auxiliary Services. At 8:30 p.m., State Singers and Solid State will lead the Senior Sing.
Students leading festivities will include Jillian Vella as mistress of ceremonies at dinner; Tiffany Whittaker as mistress of ceremonies at Torchlight; Kyle Konkoski delivering a special message at Torchlight; and Ryan Farrell serving as torchbearer.
All activities except the dinner will be free and open to faculty, staff, seniors, their friends and their families.
Alumni and members of the faculty and staff who wish to participate in Torchlight as members of the inner circle may call 312-2258 to volunteer.
Oswego's 142nd Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in Romney Field House, will feature two alumni as speakers. Bruce Coville, a 1973 Oswego graduate and the author of more than 80 children's books, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at the 9 a.m. ceremony for the School of Business, School of Education and Division of Continuing Education. Dr. Peter Clement, a 1971 Oswego graduate and the senior expert for Russian affairs at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences.
In all, 1,188 undergraduate degrees and 216 graduate degrees and certificates will be awarded at the two ceremonies.
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