POTSDAM -- The village will be full of family members this weekend as SUNY Potsdam will honor more than 900 undergraduate and graduate students during the 178th commencement May 19 and 20.
The Master's Commencement Ceremony will take place Saturday at 10:15 a.m. in Hosmer Concert Hall with 173 graduate students expected to cross the stage. Galen K. Pletcher, Dean Emeritus of The School of Arts and Sciences, will be keynote speaker.
The Bachelor's Commencement Ceremony takes place Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in the Academic Quad with 749 graduates expected to earn bachelor's degrees that day.
The ceremony will be streamed live online. The live stream, which will not be available until the morning of the ceremony, will be at potsdam.canwebcast.net/commencement.
The Bachelor's ceremony will take place outside, rain or shine. Guests are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and bring umbrellas or blankets if needed. Guests uncomfortable with the weather can watch the ceremony on a large-screen inside the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room.
In case of extremely inclement conditions like lightning or freezing temperatures, there will be two ceremonies. At 10 a.m., a ceremony for graduating majors in visual arts, music, theatre and dance will take place in Hosmer Hall. All other majors will attend a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in Maxcy Hall.
Each graduate will receive five tickets for the emergency plan, and all other guests are welcome to view the ceremonies via live stream in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room.
Revolutionary scientist Dr. Anthony B. Brennan '75, inventor of Sharklet and an endowed professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Florida, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his ingenuity, enterprise and generosity, at the Bachelor's Commencement Ceremony. Brennan will also deliver the keynote address.
Dr. Stephen D. Immerman '75, President of the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees and the President of the Montserrat College of Art, will be presented with the 2012 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award at the bachelor's ceremony. In addition, the 2012 Leadership Through Service Award will be presented to the Stewart's Foundation.