UAlbany Announces Commencement,
Professor James R. Acker delivers commencement
Contact: Michael Parker (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 7, 2004) - The University
at Albany’s Winter Commencement will be held
on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Recreation
and Convocation Center (RACC) on the uptown
The University will award nearly 1,500 bachelor’s,
master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as 30
Professor James R. Acker of UAlbany's School
of Criminal Justice will give the commencement
address. Acker earned the title of Distinguished
Teaching Professor in 2004. He has extensive
scholarship in areas of the death penalty law
and the judicial uses of social science research.
He has co-authored a series of articles examining
capital punishment legislation, which appears
in the Criminal Law Bulletin.
He co-authored, with his daughter Elizabeth,
Two Voices on the Legal Rights of America’s
Youth (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning) in January,
2004. In the book, Acker and his daughter tackle
a variety of legal issues directly relevant
to young people, engaging students in a dialogue
about such topics as abortion, capital punishment
for juvenile defenders and school prayer.
Acker graduated with a J.D. from Duke University
in 1976, and earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice
from the University at Albany in 1987.
MEDIA NOTE: Media are
welcome at UAlbany’s commencement ceremonies.
Media will have access to most areas of the
Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC). An
area will be roped off at stage left/house right
for those that wish to set up tripods, etc.
Parking will be available via the RACC bus turnaround
- plan to see the UPD officer stationed at the