Albany Announces Commencement Weekend 2004
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518)
437-4980, Karl Luntta (518) 265-4114 cell
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 10, 2004) - The University
at Albany will hold its Commencement Weekend 2004,
which includes a formal graduate commencement
ceremony on May 15, the main undergraduate degree
conferral ceremony on May 16, and 31 departmental
and school recognition ceremonies throughout the
weekend. An estimated 2,700 students are expected
to participate in the 160th commencement ceremonies
including 1,800 undergraduate, 860 master's and
100 doctoral candidates.
The undergraduate degree conferral
ceremony will take place on Sunday, May
16, at 10 a.m. on the New Library lawn, uptown
campus. UAlbany Interim President John
Ryan will deliver the address. Ryan, who
has served as president of the SUNY Maritime College
since June 15, 2002, is continuing in that capacity
while serving as UAlbany's interim president.
Prior to that he served as superintendent of the
U.S. Naval Academy and was a vice admiral in the
U.S, Navy. A native of Mountainhome, Pa., Ryan
graduated from the Naval Academy in June of 1967
with his twin brother Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan,
Jr. and earned the designation of Naval Aviator
in October 1968. He has been a pilot for 35 years.
The graduate commencement
will be held at the uptown campus Recreation and
Convocation Center (RACC) on Saturday, May 15,
at 9 a.m. Pulitzer-prize winning author William
Kennedy, executive director of the NYS
Writers Institute, will be the keynote speaker.
For some 40 years, William Kennedy has crafted
history and memory into a body of literature that
is as remarkable for its variety as it is for
erecting an Albany of the imagination. Kennedy
taught creative writing and journalism as an instructor
from 1974 to 1982 at the University at Albany,
where he is now a professor in the English Department.
He has received numerous literary awards, a National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Regents Medal
of Excellence from the State University of New
York, and a Governor's Arts Award.
The undergraduates will receive degrees in 51
different majors, including Information Science
and Policy, Business, Biology, Communication,
Economics, English, Criminal Justice, Political
Science, Psychology and Sociology. There are 17
military veterans in the Class of 2004. UAlbany's
undergraduate class hails from 22 foreign countries
including France and Japan, as well as 59 of New
York state's 62 counties. More than 150 undergraduates
participated in the Presidential Scholars program,
which recognizes and nurtures students with distinguished
high school academic records.
On Saturday afternoon (May 15) a family picnic
will be held on the Podium. UAlbany's Commencement
Weekend also includes Torch Night (May 15 at 8:30
p.m. on the Podium, uptown campus), a traditional
ceremony in which the senior class "hands
the torch" to the junior class, along with
a fireworks display.
Other departmental ceremonies feature
- Victoria A. Graffeo,
associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals,
is scheduled to speak at the Rockefeller College
of Public Affairs and Policy ceremony Sunday
at 1 p.m. in Page Hall Auditorium (downtown
- Ricardo Jose Pereira Rodrigues,
legislative counsel general -- House of Representatives,
Brazil, will speak at the Rockefeller College
Graduate Recognition Ceremony Friday at 2:30
p.m. in Milne 200 (downtown campus).
- The Honorable John J. McEneny,
New York State Assembly member, will speak at
the history department ceremony Saturday at
noon in the Campus Center Ballroom.
- Ed Dague, former
WNYT-TV anchor, will speak at the communication
department ceremony Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in
the Recreation and Convocation Center.
For profiles of several
graduating seniors, visit www.albany.edu/main/features/2004/05-04/1seniors/seniors.htm.
For more information on commencement, visit www.albany.edu/commencement.
All commencement activities will take place, rain
or shine, as scheduled. In the event of severe
weather (lightning, high winds), an announcement
will be posted on the Web site and the Commencement
Info Line (518) 442-5310, noting any cancellations.
|MEDIA NOTE: At
the undergraduate degree
conferral ceremony on May 16, media
will have assisted access to a balcony located
in the New Library that overlooks the stage
and seating area. In addition, an area will
be roped off for media who wish to set up
tripods, etc. Parking will be available.
At the graduate ceremony
on May 15, media will have access to most
areas of the Recreation and Convocation
Center (RACC). An area near the stage will
be roped off for those who wish to set up
tripods, etc. Parking will be available
via the RACC bus turnaround - plan to see
the UPD officer stationed at the entrance.
Contact Karl Luntta at (518) 265-4114 (cell)
if you need assistance.