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More than 300 Graduates Participated in SUNY Niagara’s 59th Commencement

By News Archive

May 15, 2023

The 59th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara took place on Saturday, May 13 at the Sanborn campus. More than 300 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

Superintendent of Niagara Falls City Schools Mark Laurrie delivered the keynote address to graduates. He shared a recipe for success with students to bring with them on their next journey. The recipe consisted of a SUNY Niagara diploma, emotional intelligence, and cherishing the most important people and moments in life.

Graduates concluded the event with an outdoor picnic and photo stations where they mingled with friends, family, and SUNY Niagara faculty.

SUNY Niagara has the highest graduation rate of all community colleges in New York State. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

 

Graduates: SUNY Niagara graduates show off their diplomas after walking the stage.

Graduates: SUNY Niagara graduates show off their diplomas after walking the stage.


Legislature

Legislature: Niagara County Legislatures attended SUNY Niagara’s 59th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured, left to right, are Randy R. Bradt, Chris Voccio, Chairperson Rebecca Wydysh, and Jeffrey Elder.


Keynote

Keynote: From left to right, President’s Medallion recipient Regan Lytle, Keynote speaker Mark Laurrie, and Chancellor’s Award winner Meredith Preve.


Crossing Stage

Orianna Pritchett gives a wave as she crosses the stage at SUNY Niagara’s 59th graduation ceremony.

The 59th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara took place on Saturday, May 13 at the Sanborn campus. More than 300 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

Superintendent of Niagara Falls City Schools Mark Laurrie delivered the keynote address to graduates. He shared a recipe for success with students to bring with them on their next journey. The recipe consisted of a SUNY Niagara diploma, emotional intelligence, and cherishing the most important people and moments in life.

Graduates concluded the event with an outdoor picnic and photo stations where they mingled with friends, family, and SUNY Niagara faculty.

SUNY Niagara has the highest graduation rate of all community colleges in New York State. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

 

Graduates: SUNY Niagara graduates show off their diplomas after walking the stage.

Graduates: SUNY Niagara graduates show off their diplomas after walking the stage.

 

Legislature

Legislature: Niagara County Legislatures attended SUNY Niagara’s 59th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured, left to right, are Randy R. Bradt, Chris Voccio, Chairperson Rebecca Wydysh, and Jeffrey Elder.

 

Keynote

Keynote: From left to right, President’s Medallion recipient Regan Lytle, Keynote speaker Mark Laurrie, and Chancellor’s Award winner Meredith Preve.

 

Crossing Stage

Orianna Pritchett gives a wave as she crosses the stage at SUNY Niagara’s 59th graduation ceremony.


Media Contact Information

Denyel Beiter
Public Relations Assistant
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: Dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

SUNY Niagara graduates

More than 250 Graduates Participated in SUNY Niagara’s 58th Commencement

By News Archive

May 16, 2022

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito at the 58th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara.

The 58th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara took place on Saturday, May 14 at the Sanborn campus. More than 250 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

State University of New York (SUNY) Trustee Eunice Lewin delivered the keynote address to graduates. Ms. Lewin used her years of community-minded social work to deliver insightful words of encouragement to graduates. She shared, “Our focus is on serving the underserved who overcome, and I see so many students whose stories changed from the combination of the foundation of SUNY accessibility upon which they built skyscrapers of academic excellence.”

SUNY Niagara graduates

Graduates participate in the 58th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

In addition to serving on the SUNY Board of Trustees, Ms. Lewin also contributes to the board’s Executive Committee and the committees for academic affairs, communications and external affairs, community colleges, and academic medical centers and hospitals. Furthermore, Trustee Lewin is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

This commencement ceremony was especially unique as Dr. William J. Murabito was officially inaugurated as the seventh president of SUNY Niagara. Dr. Murabito began as interim president for the college in 2017. He was elected permanently in November 2019. The inauguration was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the ceremony, graduates and loved ones enjoyed an outdoor celebration with refreshments, photo stations, and a live DJ.

SUNY Niagara is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

The 58th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara took place on Saturday, May 14 at the Sanborn campus. More than 250 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

State University of New York (SUNY) Trustee Eunice Lewin delivered the keynote address to graduates. Ms. Lewin used her years of community-minded social work to deliver insightful words of encouragement to graduates. She shared, “Our focus is on serving the underserved who overcome, and I see so many students whose stories changed from the combination of the foundation of SUNY accessibility upon which they built skyscrapers of academic excellence.”

In addition to serving on the SUNY Board of Trustees, Ms. Lewin also contributes to the board’s Executive Committee and the committees for academic affairs, communications and external affairs, community colleges, and academic medical centers and hospitals. Furthermore, Trustee Lewin is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

This commencement ceremony was especially unique as Dr. William J. Murabito was officially inaugurated as the seventh president of SUNY Niagara. Dr. Murabito began as interim president for the college in 2017. He was elected permanently in November 2019. The inauguration was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the ceremony, graduates and loved ones enjoyed an outdoor celebration with refreshments, photo stations, and a live DJ.

SUNY Niagara is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

 

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito at the 58th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara.

 

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Graduates participate in the 58th annual commencement ceremony at SUNY Niagara on Saturday, May 14, 2022.


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Barbara M. DeSimone
Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Eunice Ashman Lewin

SUNY Niagara Announces 2022 Commencement Speaker

By News Archive

April 28, 2022

Eunice Ashman Lewin

2022 SUNY Niagara commencement keynote speaker: SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin

SUNY Niagara President William J. Murabito announced today that SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin will deliver the keynote addresses at the College’s 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony.  For the first time since 2019, SUNY Niagara is able to celebrate with a traditional ceremony in-person at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the Main Gym on the Sanborn Campus.

Trustee Lewin was appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees in February of 2020.  Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Lewin immigrated to the United States with her family in 1967. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marymount Manhattan College and master’s degrees in American and Puerto Rican studies, and in educational administration, from the University at Buffalo.

A former commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Lewin was a founding member of the Roswell Park Alliance and a board member of both the Buffalo Urban League and Hispanics United of Buffalo. She is also a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Lewin was recently named to the Western New York Health Equity Task Force to help coordinate vaccine distribution for the five counties in Western New York.  A retired bilingual social worker for the Buffalo Board of Education, she is a leader and champion for STEM education in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Among Lewin’s honors are the Distinguished Alumni Award from UB’s Graduate School of Education, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, and the National Conference for Community and Justice of Western New York 50th Annual Citation Award. She is a member of the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame and was named a 2015 Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News.

Those unable to attend the commencement ceremony can view a livestream of the event via http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement/ .

SUNY Niagara President William J. Murabito announced today that SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin will deliver the keynote addresses at the College’s 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony.  For the first time since 2019, SUNY Niagara is able to celebrate with a traditional ceremony in-person at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the Main Gym on the Sanborn Campus.

Trustee Lewin was appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees in February of 2020.  Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Lewin immigrated to the United States with her family in 1967. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marymount Manhattan College and master’s degrees in American and Puerto Rican studies, and in educational administration, from the University at Buffalo.

A former commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Lewin was a founding member of the Roswell Park Alliance and a board member of both the Buffalo Urban League and Hispanics United of Buffalo. She is also a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Lewin was recently named to the Western New York Health Equity Task Force to help coordinate vaccine distribution for the five counties in Western New York.  A retired bilingual social worker for the Buffalo Board of Education, she is a leader and champion for STEM education in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Among Lewin’s honors are the Distinguished Alumni Award from UB’s Graduate School of Education, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, and the National Conference for Community and Justice of Western New York 50th Annual Citation Award. She is a member of the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame and was named a 2015 Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News.

Those unable to attend the commencement ceremony can view a livestream of the event via http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement/ .

Eunice Ashman Lewin

2022 SUNY Niagara commencement keynote speaker: SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

2021 SUNY Niagara Commencement Speaker, C.J. Urlaub

SUNY Niagara Announces Graduation Plans and Keynote Speaker for 57th Annual Commencement

By News Archive

April 28, 2021

SUNY Niagara President, Dr. William Murabito has announced the College’s 57th Annual Commencement will use a virtual format on May 7, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will stream on the College’s website, https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement. Graduates, along with their family and friends, are welcome to join the online celebration from the safety of their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The virtual graduation will feature graduates’ pictures, videos, and awarded degrees along with encouraging messages from the SUNY Niagara Board Chair, Gina Virtuoso, and SUNY Niagara President, Dr. William Murabito. The keynote address will be delivered by Mr. C.J. Urlaub, President of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.

Because of the College’s esteemed Nursing and Allied Health division, coupled with the strong presence of SUNY Niagara alumni throughout Western New York’s medical field, the College is thrilled to welcome C.J. Urlaub as the Commencement speaker during this historic time in healthcare. Mr. Urlaub has made several strides at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital as President, including five straight “A” grades for quality and patient safety and contributions to significant advances in emergency services and neurological care. Outside of Mount St. Mary’s, Mr. Urlaub serves as Catholic Health’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Integration and Care Delivery in Niagara County. He is known for working collaboratively with other hospitals and healthcare systems. Mr. Urlaub’s latest endeavor includes working on expanding Eastern Niagara Hospital’s (ENH) services and aiding in the development of ENH’s new facility, projected to open in 2023.

While the virtual ceremony promises to be memorable, personalized, and engaging, the option to attend an outdoor celebration at the Sanborn Campus is open to graduates and their families on Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students can sign up for a 30-minute visit to pick up their diploma cover, pose for photos, and enjoy special treats provided by SUNY Niagara and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.  A DJ will be playing music all day and graduates are encouraged to decorate their cars to add to the celebration.

2021 SUNY Niagara Commencement Speaker, C.J. Urlaub.

2021 SUNY Niagara Commencement Speaker, C.J. Urlaub.


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator, Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu