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Winter Commencement Ceremonies Shine

The creator of the college mace and chain, Kurt Matzdorf (Gold and Silversmithing Emeritus), served as grand marshal of the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie on Dec. 17.

Matzdorf led the stage party carrying the college mace he designed in 1981 and President Steven Poskanzer donned the chain of office, also designed by Matzdorf.

Matzdorf is a nationally known gold and silversmith artist and founder of the college's Gold and Silversmithing Program (now known as the Metals Program). He taught at the college from 1957 to 1985.

This year, two separate ceremonies were held, as is also the custom for May commencements, to accommodate the record number of candidates (558) participating in the winter ceremonies.


Kurt Matzdorf carries a mace into the ceremony.

Kurt Matzdorf (Gold and Silversmithing, Emeritus), carrying the college mace he created, in his role as grand marshal of the December 2006 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. For more photographs from the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies, see page 2.

Nancy Nielson, Grand Marshal of Cermonies enters hall.

Nancy Nielson (Sojourner Truth Library) serves as Grand Marshal of the graduate ceremony.

Garrick Duhanet, Dean of Graduate School, stands on stage.

Dean of the Graduate School Laurel Garrick Duhaney presides over the graduation ceremony

Undergraduate valedictorian Kelly Long with Asian Studies Program director Kristine Harris (History), pose following the ceremony.

Undergraduate valedictorian Kelly Long with Asian Studies Program director Kristine Harris (History) following the ceremony.

Undergraduate salutatorian Kimberly VanVoorhis stands among her fellow graduates at the civic center.

Undergraduate salutatorian Kimberly VanVoorhis stands among her fellow graduates.

Harry Scherr, chair of the New Paltz College Council, greets graduates from the podium.

Harry Scherr, chair of the New Paltz College Council, greets graduates.

December 18 , 2006
Volume 4, Issue 24

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