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ESF to Confer Degrees at Commencement Ceremony

Full slate of activities planned for graduation weekend

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will confer up to 575 degrees during joint Commencement exercises with Syracuse University May 11 in the Carrier Dome.

During the ceremony, ESF will confer approximately 425 bachelor's degrees, with about 150 students receiving master's and doctoral degrees.

The college also awards associate in applied science degrees at its Ranger School in Wanakena. Twenty-two students in the forest technology program, 22 students in the environmental and natural resources conservation program and 13 students in the land surveying technology program will receive degrees during a ceremony 11 a.m. May 17 at Clifton-Fine High School in Star Lake.

Commencement weekend festivities in Syracuse begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10, with Honors Students Convocation. Honors Convocation will be followed by curriculum-specific receptions for degree candidates, their guests and members of the ESF college community at 10 a.m.

The college's traditional convocation will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the SRC Arena and Events Center, Allyn Hall Gym at Onondaga Community College. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree candidates will be honored.

Biologist Henry Lickers, an internationally recognized Haudenosaunee leader on matters of indigenous knowledge, science and conservation, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. For some 30 years, Lickers has been director of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Department of the Environment. He is the author of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Action Plan and a member of the ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment Advisory Board and a teacher at Native Earth Environmental Youth Camp.

During the convocation, departmental honors will be bestowed upon the top students in each of the college's discipline areas. Maureen S. Bishop of Deerfield will be the student speaker. Joseph Piazza of Staten Island will present the class gift.

On Sunday, May 11, a continental breakfast for master's and Ph.D. candidates will be served at 7:30 a.m. in the Gateway Center. A recognition ceremony for advanced degree candidates begins at 7:45 a.m. The undergraduate continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in Marshall Hall's Alumni Lounge.

Joint commencement exercises with SU will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the Carrier Dome. Class Marshals leading the ESF degree candidates in the Commencement procession are James P. Tucci of Averill Park and Bishop. Departmental scholars are Dolly L. Hall of Croton Falls (chemistry), Morgan P. Connolly of Manorville (environmental and forest biology), Matthew V. Cowen of Union Springs (environmental science), Emily S. Thiel of Holley (environmental studies), Daniel C. Dohman of Jay (environmental resources engineering), Nicolas A. Dwyer of Moravia (forest and natural resources management), Xin Jin Huang of Syracuse (landscape architecture), Derek P. Walter of Montoursville, Pa. (paper and bioprocess engineering) and Saul Zepeda of Syosset (sustainable construction management and engineering).