SUNY Canton celebrates 50 years at current campus with 900 2018 graduates
CANTON -- SUNY Canton celebrated the accomplishments of nearly 900 graduates during the college's 110th Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12, at the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.
President Zvi Szafran and SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O'Neill, class of 1963, welcomed family and friends and congratulated the class of 2018 on their accomplishments.Both acknowledged a milestone in college history, that it had been five decades since SUNY Canton moved from a small cluster of buildings adjacent to the St. Lawrence University campus to its current location, marking a new era.
"All graduations are special, but you have the added distinction of being the class who graduates during our '50 Years on the Hill' commemoration," O'Neill said.
Szafran read a congratulatory message from alumna Rosella M. Todd Valentine, who was among the first cohort to graduate from the new campus in 1968.
"The year 1968 was a tumultuous and pivotal year, and so is 2018," she wrote. "You have much to look forward to, but also much to do. Go out, do good things, and always remember the wonderful start this college has given you."
Szafran noted this year's class comprises graduates who range in age from 18 to 62 years old and represent 17 different states and 7 foreign countries, including Angola, Australia, The Bahamas, Cameroon, Finland, Sweden and Canada.