May. 11, 2011

Geneseo welcomes newest alumni May 14

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Geneseo welcomes the class of 2011 as the college's newest alumni on May 14. /2010 FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN BENNETT








In the final days before graduation, Amy Joscelyn '11 expects to savor long walks in the Roemer Arboretum and gather with friends to watch the sun set outside her campus townhouse. After she's turned her tassel and left for the summer for the last time, she knows she will always remember singing in the Chamber Singers group, hanging out with friends and their regular Sunday pot-luck brunches.

On May 14, Joscelyn will celebrate years of hard work at Commencement with approximately 1,200 new alumni in two identical ceremonies at the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena.

A separate ceremony was held May 7 for more than 60 graduate students who will receive master's degrees in education, accounting and communicative disorders and sciences.

At the undergraduate ceremonies, Jeffrey J. Clarke '83 will address students about "Choices for the Next Decade." Clarke is CEO and president of Travelport, a broad-based business services company serving the travel industry and corporations worldwide. He has 26 years of strategic, financial and operational experience with high-tech firms, including serving as executive vice president at Hewlett-Packard and chief financial officer at Compaq. He serves on several boards of directors, including The Geneseo Foundation Board, Orbitz Worldwide and the World Travel and Tourism Council.

The college will also confer an honorary doctor of humane letters degree upon J. D. "Sandy" McClatchy, a professor of English at Yale University, president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the leading opera librettist of his generation. He delivered Geneseo's Phi Beta Kappa lecture in 2009.

At the graduate degree ceremony, Rev. Iris Banister MS '70, an accomplished author and motivational speaker, addressed students about "Success Comes in CANS."

Banister is a member of Geneseo's College Council and gives volunteer service to many nonprofit, community-based organizations. Prior to retirement, Banister served the Rochester School District in various capacities for 32 years, including as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist and guidance counselor. She came out of retirement to become principal of the Charter School of Science and Technology. She also served as executive director of the Rochester Children's Zone, a collaborative effort to improve the overall quality of life and education in northeast Rochester. Banister has earned numerous awards and recognitions including the City of Rochester Pioneer Award; the Mayor's Renaissance Award — Outstanding Educator and the New York State Humanitarian Award.