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Rockefeller College Honors the Achievements of the Class of 2014, May 16-18

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Former Treasury Chief of Staff Mark Patterson, BA '84 To Deliver Keynotes

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will honor the Class of 2014 at its annual graduate and undergraduate recognition ceremonies on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at Page Hall on the downtown campus of the University at Albany, 135 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y.

Graduate Recognition Ceremony

On Saturday evening, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will deliver the keynote address to 13 doctoral and 79 master's degree recipients, 13 professional certificate recipients and their families and friends. 

Kathy Sheehan
On November 5, 2013, Kathy Sheehan became the first female mayor in Albany's history by winning more than 83 percent of the vote. Sheehan ran a grassroots campaign to strengthen Albany's neighborhoods, create economic opportunity and lead city government into the 21st century. In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, Sheehan became Albany's treasurer and chief fiscal officer.  She serves on the boards of the Central Avenue and Downtown Business Improvement Districts, Albany Industrial Development Agency and Albany Community Development Agency.

This year's graduates represent a wide-range of concentrations in the areas of political science and public administration, including public and nonprofit management, homeland security, local government management, information strategy and management, financial management and public economics, and organizational behavior and theory.

There will be a reception for students and their guests immediately following the ceremony in the Page Hall courtyard.

Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony

Over 200 political science and public policy bachelor's degree recipients and their families and friends are expected to attend Rockefeller College's Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Page Hall.

Mark A. Patterson, BA '84
Rockefeller College alumnus Mark A. Patterson, BA '84 will be the guest speaker. Patterson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins Coie LLP and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington. From 2009 – 2013, he served as chief of staff for the Department of the Treasury under Secretaries Timothy F. Geithner and Jacob J. Lew. He is the longest-serving chief of staff in Treasury history, and is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Department's highest honor.

Festivities begin with a reception for graduates and their guests at 12:30 p.m. in the Page Hall courtyard.