Virtual Commencement will be prerecorded and streamed for graduating students and guests.
SUNY Ulster Holds 56th Commencement Virtually on May 16
May 13, 2020 – Stone Ridge, NY – SUNY Ulster's sixth President, Dr. Alan P. Roberts, will virtually preside over the College’s 56th Commencement on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. President Roberts will present 116 students a degree or certificate via the Commencement ceremony.
Virtual Commencement will be prerecorded and streamed for graduating students and guests. It can be viewed from any remote location at 10 a.m. from SUNY Ulster’s YouTube Channel and through a Facebook Watch Party where students and other viewers are invited to post congratulatory comments and send emojis. After Commencement, the video will be available for viewing on our Commencement web page and on SUNY Ulster’s YouTube Channel.
Graduating students and those who wish to celebrate the graduating students are also invited to place one of three Facebook frames on their profile picture by choosing to edit their profile picture and searching for SUNY Ulster in the frames section that appears.
The graduating class consists of 284 students. Of this group, 267 will receive associate degrees and 36 will receive certificates. The youngest graduate is 14, and the oldest is 59. Of the class, 33 are graduating with highest honors, 80 are graduating with honors, 6 students are graduating with the Honors Studies program distinction, 7 students are being recognized for earning a 4.0 GPA while at SUNY Ulster, the President’s Medal of Highest Honor, and 38 are members of the national honors society Phi Theta Kappa. There are also 5 students graduating as College Scholars. The first group of New Start for Women students are graduating with their certificates.
Pomp & Circumstance played by SUNY Ulster’s brass quintet from the College’s 2017 Commencement will open the Ceremony, followed by a welcome from President Dr. Alan P. Roberts. Video and audio messages will continue from Alan Lomita, Chairman of the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees; U.S. Senator, Chuck Schumer; U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado; New York State Senator, Jennifer Metzger; Assemblymember, Kevin A. Cahill; Ulster County Executive, Patrick Ryan; Chair of the Ulster County Legislature David Donaldson; Chair of the SUNY Ulster Academic Senate, Professor Jim Hobbs; SUNY Chancellor, Dr. Kristina Johnson; Chair of the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc., John Markes; Actress, Melissa Fumero of NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Tay Fisher, Kingston High School alumnus (Class of 2004), Siena College graduate (Class of 2008 and 2018) and ten-year member of the Harlem Globetrotters and Actor & Radio Legend, Bruce Morrow “Cousin Brucie” of Sirius XM’s 60’s on 6.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Kevin Stoner will speak on Academic Achievements of the class of 2020 followed by a presentation of the candidates through virtual slides submitted by participating graduates and voiceovers by Assistant Dean for Student Success, Wendy Beesley and Assistant Dean for Student Services, Matt Brennie. Interim V.P. of Enrollment Management, Matt Green will recognize SUNY Ulster’s faculty and staff named as 2020 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence recipients.
This year, a combined Invocation/Benediction message will be given from Rev. Allison Moore, PhD. from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in New Paltz, NY.
An electronic version of the Commencement Program will display all 2020 graduates.