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  • May 07, 2019

    Student and Commencement Speaker Announced for Graduate Ceremony

    To kick off Le Moyne College's 69th Commencement weekend, the College will hold its graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Le Moyne Events Center (formerly the Henninger Athletic Center), located in the Thomas J. Niland Jr. Athletic Complex. More than 325 graduate students are eligible to commence in the ceremony.

    The student speaker at the ceremony will be Joshua Purcell, who graduated in December 2018 with a master of science degree in nursing.

    The commencement speaker will be Sharon Owens, deputy mayor for the City of Syracuse. In this position, Owens oversees city programs and services that address quality of life in the Syracuse community, including neighborhoods, business development, parks and recreation, as well as the police and fire departments. Owens also serves as chief of staff to Mayor Ben Walsh.

    Owens has worked for more than 30 years in the fields of housing, community development, human services and government. Prior to becoming deputy mayor in January 2018, Owens served as the CEO of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., where she secured expanded services that infused human service provision with community revitalization initiatives to further serve an increasingly needing community. She previously worked for the City of Syracuse as deputy commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development from 2010 to 2013. She also has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including serving as deputy director of housing for Home HeadQuarters, Inc. and Jubilee Homes of Syracuse. In 2015, Owens received "The Kathy" Award from the Gifford Foundation, which recognized her commitment to establishing sound community-impacting advocacy for community residents and their families.

    For much more information about commencement visit the commencement webpage here. If there are additional questions not answered on the site, contact the Le Moyne Student Development Division at 315-445-4527.
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