May. 02, 2012

Geneseo prepares for 146th Commencement


More than 1,300 students will celebrate graduation at this year's 146th Commencement on May 12. /FILE PHOTO






The college is preparing for the biggest day of the academic year — graduation.

On May 12, more than 1,300 students will receive their undergraduate diplomas at Geneseo's 146th Commencement, held in two ceremonies at the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena, with speakers Distinguished Teaching Professor of History William R. Cook and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul D-NY.

Cook is retiring this year after 42 years at Geneseo and will speak in the afternoon about "Don't Sell Your Humanities Books Quite Yet." Hochul, who represents the 26th Congressional District in western New York, serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on HomelanMaced Security.

The college will also confer an honorary doctor of science degree upon social psychologist Richard Nisbett, the Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, a noted authority on how culture and social context affect thinking.

An estimated 72 graduate students will celebrate their achievement on May 5. Robert Boyd, lecturer and director of Geneseo's School of Business internship program, will deliver the keynote address, titled "The Creative Mind and How It Will Impact Your Future."

According to tradition, the faculty member with the longest tenure carries the college's handcrafted ceremonial mace into Commencement. It is the first thing into the ceremony and sits on stage next to President Christopher C. Dahl. This year, the mace has a much classier stand than the carpet-covered plastic of years past. College Carpenter Kris Andersen hand-crafted the walnut-veneer stand, which also has built-in lights. Jose Alvardo, a maintenance helper, assisted. They worked on the stand for several months.

"I think it's important to recognize the talent we have on campus," says Andrea Klein, director of
Scheduling, Events and Conference Services, who organized creation of the new mace. "This is a beautiful example."