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Ranger School Commencement

Ranger School Celebrates its Graduates May 20

Wanakena, N.Y. – May 17, 2023 – The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), one of the nation’s premier colleges focused exclusively on the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future, is pleased to announce commencement exercises will be held at the Ranger School in Wanakena, New York May 20.

The Ranger School will hold commencement at the Clifton-Fine Central School in Star Lake at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20 to award associate in applied science degrees. Those graduates will include 21 students in the forest technology program, 19 in the environmental and natural resources conservation program, and six in the land surveying technology program.

"As our graduates leave the Ranger School, they carry within them the lessons they’ve learned and a profound reverence for the majesty of nature. They have cultivated the art of nurturing the earth, understanding the delicate balance between growth and preservation,” said ESF President Joanie Mahoney. “We know they will use this knowledge to take on the environmental challenges we face and improve our world.”

Program scholars will be honored during the ceremony. This year’s scholars are:

  • Kaisa Mackey of Ithaca, New York, Forest Technology 
  • Enzo Saccuccimorano of Ithaca, New York, Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation 
  • Brandon Wilbur of Greenwich, New York, Land Surveying Technology

Maple Leaf awardees, President's and Dean's List recipients, and inductees into the Forest Technology Honors Society will also be honored. 

Guest speakers will include ESF President Joanie Mahoney and Ranger School Alumni Association Representative Christopher Westbrook. Families and friends will enjoy a short reception in the school’s lobby after the ceremony.


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, New York, and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.

About the Ranger School

The Ranger School in Wanakena, New York, offers students a unique educational experience in a spectacular natural setting. The Ranger School confers the associate in applied science degree (A.A.S.) in three areas of study: forest technologyland surveying technology, and environmental and natural resources conservation. The Ranger School's one-plus-one plan allows students to complete their first year at the college of their choice, then spend their second year at The Ranger School.