Some 1,500 graduates took their final walk across the stage at this morning and afternoon in three-session SUNY Oneonta’s 130th Commencement in the Dewar Arena. Above, graduate Michael Bagby, Oneonta, shakes hands with SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris, who gave her first commencement to the class of ’19. At right, Oneonta’s Sapphira Koerner beams as she and her fellow students march out during the recessional. Two alumni delivered commencement addresses at separate ceremonies: James C. Zachos, ’81, a widely published paleoclimatologist, professor of geology, and National Academy of Sciences member,, spoke at the first session; Crystal L. Williams, ’77, CEO and executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, spoke at the two others. Also, eight faculty members and four students received Chancellor Awards for Excellence (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Leroy Williams, Jr. embraces one of his teachers, Kelly Tavarone, as the Oneonta High School Class of 2018 exits the auditorium following the 149th annual Commencement at the high school’s Belden Auditorium at this afternoon. The graduates, lauded by Principal Tom Brindley, right, for their caring and compassionate nature, had an unheard of number fights during the school year: zero. “This is a group that cares about each other, looks out for each other and cheer each other on,” Brindley remarked. “(They) are a friendly smile on a bad day. What you do does not compare to who you are.” It was also announced that Brindley is being promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position. “I consider it a privilege to graduate with you.” he said. Brindley’s successor will be his assistant principal, Anne Wolstenholme. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Despite the relentless downpour outside, Hartwick College held it 87th Commencement Ceremony today, under a large tent on Elmore Field.
Graduates were processed in by the Broome County Celtic Pipe & Drum Corps to the applause of the thousands of friends and family gathered to celebrate the occasion.
Between multiple musical features, staff and student awards, and two honorary degrees awarded in the ceremony, the crowd dug deep to find the energy to cheer for their graduates as they crossed the stage.
At the conclusion of this morning’s first commencement ceremony at SUNY Oneonta, Patrick Brown, left, applauds as Professor Craig Bielert, at podium, presents college President Nancy Kleiniewski with a large bouquet of flowers from her staff and colleagues in gratitude for her decade of service. Inset at right, commencement speaker Charles Bogosta, who received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from his alma mater, urges the class of 2018: “Put yourselves out there and take chances. Do that and you will realize nothing is impossible.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 12
GARDEN PARTY – Noon – 3 p.m. Celebrate mom with a party featuring tea, treats, and a first look at the restored carpet, curtains, walls in the dining room. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass St. Park Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org
PERFORMANCE – 11 a.m. Presenting “The Lions Whiskers” a performance by the Catskill Puppet Theater. Free family friendly performance for Mother’s day weekend. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org