Thousands attend Oswego's 144th Commencement

imageHundreds of SUNY Oswego students took the next step toward the rest of their lives on Saturday, May 14, cheered on by thousands of friends and family members during the college’s dual Commencement ceremonies.

In all, more than 1,100 students were eligible to participate in either the morning ceremony for the School of Business and School of Education or the afternoon festivities for the College of Arts and Sciences.

M. Catherine Richardson advised graduates to embrace change, be guided by honesty and integrity, and give back through community service. A 1963 graduate of Oswego and former head of the New York State Bar Association, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the morning ceremony.

“A friend often said, ‘Community service is the rent we pay for living on earth,’” Richardson said. “My hope for each one of you is that 42 years from today you will be able to look anyone in the eye and say your rent has been paid in full.” Richardson’s full comments are available online.

SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King delivered the “charge to graduates” at both ceremonies. “Go out and see the world,” he told them. “Other countries and cultures are just that—other. They are different. They are challenging. We need to learn to accept them for what they are and not try to change them to fit us but to try to figure out how you can change yourself to better understand them.” King’s full comments are available online.

Even before they donned their gowns and mortarboards, many Oswego graduates have already found the right fit for starting their post-college career. While broadcasting, education and accounting students found the highest demand, students across the disciplines were hard at work on their future before they wrapped up their studies.

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(Posted: May 11, 2005)