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Buffalo State commencement is Saturday

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Wed, May 15th 2019 01:00 pm

Buffalo State College will confer degrees on more than 1,830 undergraduate and 580 graduate students during its 147th commencement celebration, Saturday, May 18, in the Sports Arena.

Degree candidates will be honored at morning (9 a.m.) and afternoon (1 p.m.) baccalaureate ceremonies and an evening (5 p.m.) master’s hooding and certificate of advanced study (C.A.S.) ceremony.

The 9 a.m. ceremony is for degree candidates from the School of Education and School of the Professions. The 1 p.m. ceremony is for degree candidates from the School of Arts and Humanities and School of Natural and Social Sciences and Individualized Studies

The following graduates of the Class of 2019 will be honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in recognition of their academic and extracurricular achievements, leadership, and service: I’Jaz J. Eberhardt, Nicholas W. Gray, Hibbah Mojawalla, Zhanna E. Reed, and Allison R. Torsey.

Torsey will address the audiences at the morning and afternoon ceremonies as the recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Win Min Thant will deliver an address at the evening ceremony as the recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student.

Jesse L. Martin, actor and singer, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of fine arts degree and deliver the commencement address at all three ceremonies. Sophia Veffer, Class of 1971, Holocaust survivor and retired special education teacher, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the afternoon ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be granted to Michele Fairchild Marko, ’72, nutrition professional and community leader, at the morning ceremony.

Morgan Williams Bryant, ’03, senior vice president for community engagement and member services of the Girl Scouts of Western New York, will receive the Young Alumnus Achievement Award at the afternoon ceremony. Mo Sumbundu, ’13, ’17, assistant director of the Regional Economic Development Council of Western New York, will receive the Young Alumnus Achievement Award at the evening ceremony.

Getting Here:
Directions, maps, and parking for commencement visitors.

Live Video Stream:
Live video streaming of the ceremonies will be posted on the Commencement website. 

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