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ESF Graduates to Be Honored at May 7 Ceremony

Commencement to be held at SRC Arena

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)—the most distinguished institution in the nation that focuses on the study of the environment—will confer more than 380 degrees during Commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the SRC Arena on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

ESF will confer approximately 340 bachelor's degrees, with about 47 students receiving master's and doctoral degrees.

"Our graduates have worked hard to reach this day, and we're thrilled to celebrate their success with them, their families, and friends," said President Joanie Mahoney. "We know our students' time at ESF is only the beginning for them and we are excited to see where life takes them next."

Commencement festivities are scheduled throughout the week:

  • The Inclusive Excellence Graduation Reception was held May 2 to honor and celebrate the diversity of ESF's graduates. Each graduate received a special "Inclusive Excellence" graduation cord to wear at commencement.
  • The Class of 2022 Champagne Toast will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 in the Gateway Center immediately following rehearsal.
  • The Higher Degree Reception and Ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the Gateway Center.
  • Saturday's commencement activities begin with the Honors Student Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on the ESF campus. Department-specific receptions will be held at various locations on campus from 10 to 11 a.m. Commencement begins at 2 p.m. at the SRC Arena.

Undergraduate Class Marshals leading the degree candidates in the Commencement procession are Mark Dunckel of Hubbardsville, New York (Environmental Resources Engineering) and Alexa Labossiere of Lincoln, Rhode Island (Environmental Science).

Hannah Doktor of Wayne, New Jersey (Environmental Biology) will be the student speaker. Julia Rushton of North Kingstown, Rhode Island (Environmental Science), is the Coordinator of Graduating Activities.

During the ceremony, departmental honors will be bestowed upon the top students in each of the College's departments.

ESF Departmental Scholars are:

  • Edith Taylor of Chittenango, New York (Chemical Engineering)
  • Raymond Flax of Bridgewater, New Jersey (Chemistry)
  • Kyra LoPiccolo of Skaneateles, New York (Environmental Biology)
  • Katherine Gannon of Aurora, Rhode Island (Environmental Resources Engineering)
  • Alexa Labossiere of Lincoln, Rhode Island (Environmental Science)
  • Emily Li of Brooklyn, New York (Environmental Studies)
  • Julia Rion of West Islip, New York (Landscape Architecture)
  • Yasser Guerra of Camaguey, Cuba (Open Academy)
  • Michael Becue of Stamford, Connecticut (Sustainable Resources Management)

Student Chancellor's Award honorees are:

  • Emily Li of Brooklyn, New York (Environmental Studies)
  • Bridget Maloney of North Greenbush, New York (Landscape Architecture),
  • Christopher Goonan of Syracuse, New York (Sustainable Resources Management)

ESF will also hold commencement ceremonies on May 14 at its Ranger School in Wanakena, New York, where the College will award Associate in Applied Science degrees.


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.