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Aidan Quinn to receive honorary degree at May undergraduate commencement

Actor Aidan Quinn will be the college's undergraduate commencement speaker and the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the May 2005 Commencement exercises to be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22, on the Old Main Quad.

photo of Aidan Quinn

The college will hold a separate ceremony for graduate students at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20, also on the Old Main Quad. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Chandler Gallery in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

Quinn, an accomplished actor in theater, film and television, has roots in both Ireland and the United States, receiving his education in both countries. College President Steven Poskanzer said that Quinn was chosen to receive an honorary degree not just because of his great talent and significant body of work, but also because he has been selective about the types of roles he pursues - attempting to explore larger social issues.

"Mr. Quinn has chosen roles that tap into his international experiences," said Poskanzer. "In short, his independence and international identity make him an excellent role model for our students."

This May, there are 1,088 undergraduate degree candidates, of which about 800 will participate in commencement . One hundred and sixty graduate candidates will walk in Friday's ceremony.

This year's valedictorian, Jean Elaine Thompson of New Paltz, will receive her degree in art education. The salutatorian, Casey Lynn Doty of Pine Bush, will receive a degree in mathematics.

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MAY 9, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 9

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