By Christine J. Binney, B.A.’05, M.A.’07
Photos By Mark Schmidt
For its 169th undergraduate commencement on May 19, UAlbany welcomed Republic Records founders
Monte Lipman, B.A.’86, and Avery Lipman, B.A.’88, back to campus to deliver the keynote address.
From their humble beginnings booking campus concerts and working at the campus radio station, the
Lipman brothers went on to build Republic Records into one of the largest music labels in the country.
As a surprise for the 2,250 students at the ceremony, the Lipman brothers brought Cassadee Pope,
Season 3 winner of “The Voice,” onstage to perform two songs.
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