Nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to process at two Le Moyne College commencement ceremonies taking place this weekend. The weekend ceremonies mark a return for Sunday’s undergraduate ceremony to the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, following last year’s on-campus ceremonies.
The weekend will begin with the graduate commencement, which starts at 7 p.m. tonight in the Le Moyne Event Center. A total of 319 individuals are eligible to receive their masters at the ceremony. Diplomas will be given for the following programs: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science for Teachers, Master of Science in Information System, Master of Science in Taxation, Master of Science in Arts Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and two separate Certificates of Advanced Study (education and nursing). The student speaker for the ceremony will be Shafali Desnoyers and the keynote speaker will be Loretto President and CEO Dr. Kimberly Townsend.
On Sunday, May 22 at the undergraduate commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m., 662 students are eligible to participate, with 226 receiving a Bachelor of Arts and 447 receiving a Bachelor of Science. (Several students are both B.A. and B.S.) The student speaker will be Oretha Sekyere and there will commencement co-speakers at the ceremony – Washington Post Columnist Jonathan Capehart and Rep. John Katko (NY-24). Capehart and Katko will receive their honorary degrees at the ceremony, a day after four others receive theirs at the Honorary Degree Ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. in Grewen Auditorium. Those four are: Dan Cummings, a long-time Central New York newscaster; Dr. Indu Gupta, the Onondaga County Commissioner of Health; William Whitaker, founding president of the Washington Jesuit Academy, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (in absentia.) Learn more about the speakers and recipients here.
For those unable to make it to campus or the fairgrounds, both ceremonies will be live streamed on the College’s YouTube channel. The grad ceremony should be live a few minutes before 7 p.m., while the undergrad ceremony will be live shortly before the student procession begins at 9:30 a.m. If you miss the live broadcasts, both ceremonies will post to the YouTube channel shortly after they conclude.