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ESF Announces Commencement Weekend Activities

Numerous events celebrate students’ achievements

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will confer up to 466 degrees during Commencement exercises Saturday, May 14, at the SRC Arena and Events Center.

During the ceremony, ESF will confer approximately 384 bachelor's degrees, with about 82 students receiving master's and doctoral degrees.

The college also awards associate in applied science degrees at The Ranger School in Wanakena. Those graduates will include 27 students in the forest technology program, 25 in the environmental and natural resources conservation program and 10 in the land surveying technology program. They receive degrees during a ceremony 11 a.m. May 21 at Clifton-Fine School in Star Lake. Commencement weekend festivities in Syracuse begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, with the Honors Students' Ceremony. The Honors Ceremony will be followed by the Environmental and Forest Biology Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m. in 5 Illick Hall. Curriculum-specific receptions for degree candidates, their guests and members of the ESF college community will be held at noon at various campus locations.

The college's commencement will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 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.

Howard Emerson "Chip" Blake Jr., editor-in-chief of Orion Magazine, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Orion Magazine brings ideas, writers, photographers and artists together to focus on nature, the environment and culture, and to address environmental and societal issues.

Blake has been editor-in-chief of the leading environmental publication since 2005. He also serves as the magazine's executive director. Previously he was editor-in-chief of Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit book publisher and served as Orion's managing editor for a decade

He has edited work that has been nominated for or won the Pushcart Prize, the PEN Literary Award, the John Oakes Award in Environmental Journalism, the John Burroughs Medal, the Minnesota Book Award and the Oregon Book Award. He has also edited work that was selected for inclusion in Best American Essays and as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

During the ESF ceremony, departmental honors will be bestowed upon the top students in each of the college's discipline areas. Rhea A. Joseph of Oceanside, New York, and Fareya S. Zubair of Manlius, New York, will be the student speakers. Daniel J. Tighe of Franklin, Massachusetts, will present the class gift.

Joint commencement exercises with Syracuse University will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, in the Carrier Dome. Class Marshals and Student Chancellor's Award honorees leading the ESF degree candidates in the Commencement procession are Margaret R. Foley of Fredonia, New York, and Zubair.

ESF departmental scholars are John R. Swartzfager of Nunda, New York (chemistry), Seamus C. McKenney of Westford, Massachusetts (environmental and forest biology), Nicole J. Harbordt of Frederick, Maryland (environmental science), Jillian M. Buono of Warwick, New York (environmental studies), Denali S. Trimble of Acton, Massachusetts (environmental resources engineering), Amelia J. Allen of Cantrall, Illinois (landscape architecture), Marcina L. Rogers of Chittenango, New York (paper and bioprocess engineering), and Andrew M. Bailey of Rochester, New York (forest and natural resources management).