Kevin Rickard is SUNY New Paltz salutatorian
NEW PALTZ -- The State University of New York at New Paltz will hold its fall commencement exercises from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., this Saturday, Dec 21, at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.
Kevin Rickard of Poughkeepsie is the graduating class' salutatorian. Rickard has a 3.98 grade point average and will receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies.
Rickard spent one year studying Spanish at Dutchess County Community College before transferring to SUNY New Paltz. He also spent one year in Guayaquil, Equador, in a study abroad program. After graduation, Rickard plans to join the Army and study Chinese.
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.