Announces Commencement, December 7
A. Slade, Jr. Delivers Commencement Speech
Heidi Weber (518) 437-4980
N.Y. (December 3, 2003) - The University at Albany’s Winter
Commencement will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in the
Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC) on the uptown campus.
will be open to the 1,700 August and December candidates for
bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Leonard A. Slade, Jr., chair of UAlbany's Department of Africana
Studies, which has been recognized as one of the top 10 in
the nation by Black Issues in Higher Education magazine for
it's master's degree program, will deliver the commencement
speech. Slade, who is also director of UAlbany's Humanistic
Studies Doctoral Program and the Master of Arts in the Liberal
Studies Program, is a widely acclaimed author, literary critic,
poet and teacher. He has taught at numerous universities across
the country and published prolifically during his more than
25-year career. He has published 15 books, including 11 books
of poetry. His poetry has been praised by Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn
Brooks and Houston A. Baker, Jr.
past member of the National Research Center on the Teaching
of Literature, Slade has been the recipient of numerous awards,
including the Excellence in Teaching Award at Kentucky State
University and at UAlbany, the Professor of the Year Award
from the UAlbany chapter of the NAACP, the Professor of the
Year Award at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., the Southern
Conference on Afro-American Studies award and several grants
and fellowships. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters from Kentucky State University in 1989 and an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters from Elizabeth City State University
in North Carolina in 1996. He has been writer-in-residence
at Bennington College, at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
at Middlebury College and at the Ragdale Artists’ Colony in
Lake Forest, Ill.
2000, UAlbany President Karen R. Hitchcock appointed a Graduation
Task Force to review all commencement activities at the University.
UAlbany’s December graduation became an official commencement
in 2001 as a direct result of task force research.
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