Oswego's Honors Convocation moves to Campus Center

Honors Convocation, SUNY Oswego’s annual ceremony recognizing students’ outstanding academic achievements, will move to the convocation hall of the Campus Center this year for the first time.

Scheduled at 3 p.m. April 25, the ceremony will take place in the southern half of the large convocation hall and arena space, said Michael Flaherty, chair of the college’s Public Ceremonies Committee.

It will feature marketing executive Victoria Vitarelli, a 1992 Oswego graduate, as guest speaker. Vitarelli earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Oswego and now sits on the board of directors of the New York chapter of the American Marketing Association.

About 100 students will receive awards for academic excellence during the formal ceremony, which features a procession of robed faculty and administrators. The State Singers will perform the Johnny Mercer/Hoagy Carmichael song “Skylark” under the direction of Mary Lou Carpenter Bjorkman, an adjunct music instructor at Oswego.

A reception will follow in the Campus Center activity court. “We encourage faculty, staff and students to come to the ceremony and to the reception to congratulate our award winners,” Flaherty said.

Vitarelli developed branding ads for leading consumer brands as a member of agencies that included Publicis-Bloom, Bozell Worldwide and Ogilvy & Mather before joining MasterCard International as vice president for brand building.

For the past five years, she has worked for the New York Jets, currently as senior director of marketing. Her duties include oversight of the Jets’ Web site and integrated brand management.

Vitarelli will also speak in classes April 24 and 25 as part of the Oswego Alumni Association’s Alumni-in-Residence program, said Betsy Oberst, director of alumni relations.

The college’s annual Honors Convocation is presented by Vega, the junior and senior women’s honor society. Vega initiated the first Honors Convocation nearly 40 years ago.

The week of April 21 is Honors Week at SUNY Oswego. In addition to Honors Convocation, the college will mark the week with Quest, its annual symposium where faculty and students share their scholarly and creative endeavors; the annual induction ceremonies of the various disciplinary honor societies as well as Phi Kappa Phi, the all-discipline honor society; and other occasions recognizing students’ achievements.

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(Posted: Apr 14, 2008)