than 1,100 students took part in SUNY Oswego's Commencement ceremonies May 17
in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. Many
are already set on their future paths.
Joshua Miller '08, the Student Association
president for 2007-08, is among those headed to the workforce. He will take his
master's in business administration/bachelor's in accounting degree into audit
work for KPMG's Syracuse
office. He said experience as SA president and, previously, director of finance
taught him skills such as time management, negotiating, budgeting, computer
proficiency, networking and communication, all of which he plans to use in the
The SA presidency also taught him "that anything is possible if you work
hard enough to achieve it," Miller said. "Oswego has been an amazing home to me the
past few years, and I would not trade my experience here for anything in the
world. I came here a confused freshman and am leaving a confident graduate
prepared to enter the business world and take on whatever comes my way!"
Blair Pecka '08 will take her broadcasting degree to WTVH CBS-5 in Syracuse as a media
account executive. Pecka said she was confident of her abilities from what she
learned in the classroom at Oswego, as a
teaching assistant for a "Broadcast Sales" class, sales manager for
campus TV station WTOP and interning at Fox-40 News in Binghamton.
Being a member of the Laker swim team, holding school records and serving as
captain her senior year, "taught me so many key elements such as teamwork
and time management," she said. "Swimming here was a huge part of my
life and helped push me to succeed not only in the pool but in the classroom. I
plan on taking everything I've learned these past four years from being a
student-athlete to help me succeed in my career."
Some graduates, like physics major Greg Feiden '08, will continue their
studies. A Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence winner, Feiden
has accepted an offer in a Ph.D. track astrophysics program at Dartmouth College, working toward his goal to
become a professor in physics and astronomy.
Feiden cited "several extremely good professors" for guiding him
through classes and avenues to present his own research at major conferences.
teaching methods have been phenomenal in helping me understand and learn the
material, no matter how complicated it may be," he said. "Research is
another large component, both on campus and in the form of summer internships.
Being familiar with performing research and the methods involved are key to
preparing for graduate school."
Childhood education major Chelsey Hammond '08 has plans to attend the College of Saint Rose's professional teacher
education program. She also will substitute-teach in Albany-area school
districts. A key member of Oswego's Ice Effects
synchronized-skating team that won a major regional competition, Hammond also plans to continue to figure
skate as well as teach skating.
"I have had the best experience at Oswego.
I made the best friends I could ever ask for and I feel like I am more than
prepared to teach in my own classroom some day," Hammond said. "I try not to think about
graduation a lot because I don't really want it to be over."
-- Tim Nekritz M '05
Oswego's summa cum laude
graduates lead the student procession through applauding faculty members during
the afternoon May Commencement ceremony.
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