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Faculty, student and alumni achievements to be recognized at May commencements

Fitz Drummond

Photos: Fitz Drummond (by G. Steve Jordan), Maurice Hinchey (provided), Rimer Cardillo (by Jason Torres).

The campus will celebrate the accomplishments of the school year with its May 2006 commencement ceremonies.

The May Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, on the Old Main Quadrangle. The May Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, also on the Old Main Quadrangle.

Fitzarnaz Drummond and Krista Priestley are the valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2006.

Drummond, of Stuyvesant, has double majors in finance and management, and has served as a resident assistant and president of the Residence Hall Student Association (RHSA). He recently received the SUNY Chancellor's Award and has been inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for business, management and administration.

Maurice Hinchey

Priestley, of Kingston, is an English major, who has also completed a childhood education curriculum of study.

The college will present an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times, at the ceremony. It is the highest honor the college can bestow. Sulzberger will also deliver the undergraduate commencement speech.

Rimer Cardillo (Printmaking) will be recognized for receiving this year's Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Scholarship and Creative Activity. During the past 25 years, Cardillo has developed a diverse and multimedia practice that also includes sculptures, ceramics and installations.

Rimer Cardillo

Also at the Undergraduate Ceremony, College President Steven Poskanzer will award SUNY New Paltz alumnus, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (’68,’70g), the Presidential Medal, the highest honor the campus can bestow upon an individual, in recognition of his ongoing support of the college.

Both commencement ceremonies are ticketed events, and all graduation candidates and spectators must present a ticket to participate.

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MAY 08, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 9

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