June 8, 2023

SUNY New Paltz president Darrell P. Wheeler and the graduates. (Images by Robin Weinstein)

SUNY New Paltz hosted three graduation ceremonies on Could 19, 20 and 21 in a well-deserved celebration for college students incomes their bachelor’s and grasp’s levels.

The College’s graduation workouts had been held on the Outdated Principal Quad with a night graduate ceremony held on Friday, Could 19 and undergraduate ceremonies on the mornings of Saturday and Sunday, Could 20 & 21.

This yr, roughly 1,770 undergraduate and 720 graduate levels had been conferred, recognizing Could and August 2023 candidates, and college students who accomplished their levels in January 2023, August 2022 and December 2022.

For the primary time since his appointment in July 2022, SUNY New Paltz president Darrell P. Wheeler presided over the graduation workouts and spoke of the numerous obstacles overcome and the last word resiliency of the college’s graduates.

“It’s a centuries-old custom to acknowledge formally and joyfully the shut of 1 chapter in our college students’ lives and the start of the following,” stated Wheeler. “Our graduates have come to this second via numerous paths. A few of you’re the first ever in your loved ones to earn a school diploma. Some have overcome vital social, political, cultural and monetary struggles to realize a school training and cross the stage at present. We’re particularly pleased with our graduates who weren’t deterred by such obstacles.”

The Class of 2023 valedictorian and salutatorian additionally addressed their fellow graduates on the Saturday and Sunday undergraduate ceremonies.

“I’ve cherished my time at SUNY New Paltz, and as I stand right here at present, I’m overwhelmed with a way of gratitude — for this second, for the final 4 years I’ve spent right here, and for all of the individuals who have formed my expertise,” stated valedictorian Joanie Quinones (Communication Research — Organizational).  “Think about a day far sooner or later if you look again at your life and really feel grateful for it. For your loved ones, to your pals, for the twists and turns and remembered moments that all the time deliver a smile to your face. That’s the success I want for all of us.”

SUNY New Paltz president Darrell P. Wheeler addresses the graduates.

“New Paltz is a stupendous, welcoming, and supportive setting the place college students are inspired to specific themselves freely, voice their opinions, and struggle for what they imagine in,” stated salutatorian Alexis Smith (Psychology). “We now have been taught to embrace range, problem each other, and rejoice our individuality. Now it’s our time to begin a brand new chapter in our lives, make discoveries, broaden our information, and problem our views.”

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