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UAlbany Winter Commencement to Award Nearly 1,000 Degrees

SEFCU Arena to Host Event on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m.

Distinguished Service Professor Ronald Bosco, commencement grand marshal

Distinguished Service Professor Ronald Bosco of the Department of English, grand marshal of UAlbany's Commencement ceremony (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (December 01, 2010) -- The University at Albany will confer 561 bachelor's degrees and 434 graduate degrees, including 285 master's and 69 doctoral degrees, at its Winter Commencement at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 5 at the SEFCU Arena on the University's Uptown Campus.

UAlbany alumnus Theodore C. Anderson III, Esq. '82, managing partner of Kilgore & Kilgore PLLC, one of the oldest law firms in Dallas, Texas, will deliver the keynote address to graduates and their families. Anderson joined the firm in 1986.

The undergraduate commencement class hails from the U.S. and 16 foreign countries, including Japan, China, Israel, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fifty percent of the graduates are women. The class includes ten military veterans. The youngest graduate is age 20, while the oldest is 61.

Theodore C. Anderson III, Esq. '82

Attorney Ted Anderson '82, managing partner of Kilgore & Kilgore PLLC, will deliver the keynote address at UAlbany's Winter Commencement.

Psychology, sociology, and English are the top majors for undergraduate degree candidates in 2010. The graduating class will become part of the global network of more than 151,000 living alumni.

As part of the commencement ceremony, Kelsey O'Brien '10, a member of the graduating class, will address the graduates, families and friends on the importance of mentoring. O'Brien, from Roxbury, N.Y., is receiving her degree in psychology with a minor in education. She is chair of the University's Sustainability Council, and will pursue her graduate degree in educational administration at UAlbany.

Ted Anderson is a civil trial attorney whose expertise spans several areas of practice, including employment, general corporate and shareholder law, class action, contractual disputes, and patent litigation.

He currently serves on The University at Albany Foundation Board of Directors and chairs the Development Committee. A former member of the University at Albany Alumni Association Board of Directors, he has served on UAlbany's Metro New York Athletic Steering Committee and was the founder (1997) and president (2002) of UAlbany's first professional based constituent group — UAlbany Lawyers Association (UALA).

Anderson and his family have established the Elena Rodrigues Anderson '82 Presidential Scholarship fund, which provides support to a UAlbany undergraduate student who has achieved academic excellence. He has also initiated the Ted Anderson Law Fund, which provides support for law conferences, panels, and discussions at the University.  

Anderson earned his bachelor's degree, cum laude, in political science in 1982 from UAlbany and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1986. He is the recipient of the President's Outstanding Young Alumni Service Award (1992) and is on UAlbany's Alumni Honor Roll (1998).

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