Upwards of 850 to receive degrees from SUNY Potsdam this weekend
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:34 am

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam will hold its 2014 graduation ceremonies on May 17 and 18.

The master's ceremony will be May 17 9:30 a.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer concert hall at the Crane school.

Upwards of 150 students are expected to receive diplomas.

John S. O'Reilly, a 1962 SNY Potsdam grad and retired executive vice president and senior editor for Alfred Music, will speak. He will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of music.

The bachelor's ceremony will May 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the academic quad. About 700 undergraduates are expected to turn their tassels and earn degrees.

Emmett C. Murphy, a 1965 SUNY Potsdam grad, chair of Murphy Leadership and president of the Wilson Center for Leadership and Innovation, will speak. He will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

The bachelor's ceremony is rain or shine. The school asks guests to dress appropriately for weather conditions and bring umbrellas, blankets or sunscreen, if needed. There will be an option to watch the ceremony live on a large screen in the Barrington Student Union multi-purpose room.

There is an emergency weather plan for the bachelor's ceremony, in case of dangerous conditions, such as lightning. Under the emergency plan, there would be two bachelor's ceremonies. At 10 a.m., one ceremony would be held for graduating visual arts, music, theatre and dance majors in Hosmer Hall at Crane. Immediately following, all other graduating students will attend a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the Jerry Welsh Gymnasium in Maxcy Hall. Each graduate has five tickets for the emergency plan; all other guests are welcome to view the ceremonies via live video in the Barrington multi-purpose room.