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ESF’s Ranger School Celebrates its Graduates May 18

Wanakena, N.Y. – May 15, 2024 – The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will hold commencement for Associate of Applied Science graduates from its Ranger School in Wanakena, N.Y., at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Clifton-Fine Central School in Star Lake.

“Congratulations to our ESF Ranger School graduates on this incredible milestone” said ESF President Joanie Mahoney. “Best wishes as you lead the way to a greener, healthier world.”

Degrees will be awarded to 15 students in the forest technology program, 18 in the environmental and natural resources conservation program, and 14 in the land surveying technology program.

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

  • Brenden Wingard, Unadilla, N.Y., Forest Technology 
  • Aiden Siford, Niagara Falls, N.Y., Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation 
  • Lily Domes, Bouckville, N.Y., 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 be ESF President Joanne Mahoney; Sustainable Resources Management Chair Dr. Christopher Nowak; Executive Officer for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Katherine McCarthy; and Ranger School Alumni Association President Tom Martin. 


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.