More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students were eligible to process at two Le Moyne College commencement ceremonies that took place the weekend of May 17 to 19. The weekend included a new venue for the undergraduate ceremony, which moved to the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds.
The weekend began with the Graduate Commencement on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Le Moyne Events Center (formerly the Henninger Athletic Center) on the Le Moyne campus. A total of 330 individuals (the most ever) were eligible to receive their masters at the ceremony. Diplomas will be given for the following programs: Master in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science for Teachers, Master in Information System, Master in Taxation, Master in Arts Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Occupational Therapy, and two separate Certificates of Advanced Study (education and nursing). The student speaker for the ceremony was Joshua Purcell, while Sharon Owens, deputy mayor for the City of Syracuse, was the keynote speaker.
On Sunday, May 19 at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, 733 students were eligible to participate, with 219 receiving a Bachelor of Arts and 514 receiving a Bachelor of Science. The commencement speaker was Greg Boyle, S.J., the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, who has spent the past 30 years working with former gang members through one of the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry programs in the world. Father Boyle received an honorary degree, as did four others – John O’Malley S.J., a professor in the theology department at Georgetown University; Fred Valerino, a member of Le Moyne’s first graduating class in 1951 and founder and chairman of Pevco Systems International, Inc.; Carl Thomas ’65, retired director of Le Moyne’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP); and Pamela Hunter, assembly member for the 128th District of the New York State Assembly. Learn more about Father Boyle and the venue change
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For those unable to make it to campus, the College provided live streaming video for both the graduate ceremony on Friday, May 17 and the undergraduate ceremony on Sunday, May 19. To view both ceremonies in their entirety, click here.