Hundreds to graduate Dec. 18

imageAbout 700 SUNY Oswego students are eligible to participate in the December graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Laker Hall gymnasium.

The ceremony will simulcast on Channel 96 of Time Warner Cable.

Of those December graduates, 491 are candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 212 for master’s degrees or advanced studies certificates. As they look to the future, many reflect on how their college years will impact their path in life.

Sarah Dale Mitchell, a dual philosophy and biology major from Minoa, will attend one of two medical schools where she has been accepted—Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, or Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

Mitchell has benefited from being “challenged and inspired” during her years at Oswego, she said. “The challenges I have faced, both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities, have prepared me to be an active learner throughout life and a leader in all my endeavors,” Mitchell said. “I have been inspired by the accomplishments of the faculty, staff and other students at the college and have seen that lofty goals are attainable through hard work and perseverance.”

Mitchell expects the diversity of learning offered throughout her college years to serve her well in the future.
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“What I am most thankful for with my education at SUNY Oswego is truly learning to think,” Mitchell said. “Having a major in philosophy has prepared me to pursue the truth through critical analysis; having learned this skill will be invaluable to me as a physician and in all other aspects of life.”

Amanda Stinebrickner hopes to translate her degree and experience into becoming a police officer. She has completed the state trooper exam and will take four other police exams this month.

“After that, I will be playing the waiting game until I hear from any of the departments to let me know that I have been accepted into their police academy,” said Stinebrickner, who hails from Boonville.

Courses in her major, public justice, and minor, forensic science, “really did help a lot in preparing me with the knowledge of the law and what to expect with jobs in such fields,” she said.

Her internship with the Fulton Police Department allowed her to put all the pieces together. “I was able to see how the theories and laws that I have learned in my classroom experience are really related to everyday police work,” she said.

Experts expect December graduates to find an increasingly warm job market in the months ahead. Studies of leading business indicators forecast a 20 percent increase in hiring for 2005 graduates, noted Bob Casper, director of career services.

“We’ve had more recruiters at our job fairs and just doing on-campus interviews,” Casper said. Hiring in fields such as accounting, business and education have already picked up, he added.

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(Posted: Dec 01, 2004)