Advocate, producer, host George Kilpatrick to speak at Commencement

George KilpatrickGeorge Kilpatrick, a community advocate and WCNY-TV host/producer, will be the featured speaker during SUNY Oswego’s December Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. Those unable to make it to December Commencement can view a live Webcast accessible from a link on the college’s home page,, the day of the event. The ceremony will also air live on Time Warner Cable Channel 96, with re-airings at 7 p.m. the same day as well as 4 p.m. Dec. 21 and 4 p.m. Dec. 23.

Kilpatrick aims to uplift his audiences and inspire them to achieve their own measure of success. As director of community affairs at WCNY, he produces and co-hosts “Hour CNY,” one of the longest-running local talk shows in Upstate New York. His daily “Food for Thought” program mixes conversation and culinary arts in exploring how food connects people with communities.

In addition, he created, hosts and produces “Access with George Kilpatrick,” which provides a forum for underrepresented voices. He also produces WCNY’s prime-time award-winning public affairs show “Central Issues.”

His WCNY-produced documentary “Facing AIDS and HIV in Central New York” earned a national Silver Telly Award and the New York State Department of Health Commissioners Distinguished Service Award. His seven-part series “Facing Racism: A Special Access with George Kilpatrick” earned the 2005 Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Human Rights Commission.

He also spreads his message of community via radio as producer and host of “The George Kilpatrick Show” and host of “Dr. On-Call” on WSYR AM 570, as well as “New Inspiration for the Nation” on WPHR-FM, where he talks to nationally recognized role models in the African-American community.

Because of demand, tickets are required for admission to SUNY Oswego’s December Commencement. For more information, visit

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(Posted: Dec 10, 2008)