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May 5, 2004


    OSWEGO -- JFK special counsel Theodore C. Sorensen, William B. Davis of the Metropolitan Development Foundation of Central New York, and Lee S. Shulman of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will speak at SUNY Oswego's 143rd Commencement on May 15.

    All three will receive honorary doctoral degrees from the State University of New York.

    Nearly 1,350 candidates for SUNY Oswego bachelor's and master's degrees this month and in August are eligible to participate in the dual graduation ceremonies in Romney Field House: 9 a.m. for the College of Arts and Sciences and 1:30 p.m. for the School of Business and School of Education.

    Sorensen, an attorney, best-selling author and special counsel to President John F. Kennedy, and Davis, formerly chairman and chief executive officer of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and chairman of National Grid USA, will address the morning ceremony.

    Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will speak at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

    Oswego's dual graduation exercises feature personal recognition of each of the candidates as they ascend to the stage to receive their diploma and a congratulatory handshake from President Deborah F. Stanley while their names are read.

    Admission for spectators is by ticket, with each candidate for graduation receiving five tickets to distribute to family and friends. Tickets are distributed in the College Bookstore in Hewitt Union, along with caps and gowns.

    A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in Laker Hall. The Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition will be on display in Tyler Hall between the ceremonies, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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