Family, faculty and friends help College recognize Outstanding Graduates

20151211-4_Outstanding Graduates_IH__0057It is a SUNY New Paltz tradition at the close of each semester to honor the efforts of distinguished graduates-to-be who have earned places atop their academic programs through excellent work in and out of the classroom.

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The Outstanding Graduates ceremony for the fall ’15 semester was held on Dec. 11 before an audience of faculty, family members and friends who joined the College in paying tribute to a select group of undergraduate and graduate students who made superior contributions to the campus community during their time in New Paltz.

“A reception like this is a distinctive way of recognizing the efforts, academic achievements and choices and sacrifices that the best of our best students have made,” said L. David Rooney, vice president for Student Affairs. “The graduates we congratulate today have staged fine art exhibitions at regional, state and international venues; have participated in theatrical and musical performances; developed and implemented business plans; participated in student research projects; and have been actively involved in clubs and honor societies.”

A total of 71 students representing all five of New Paltz’s schools – the School of Business, School of Education, School of Fine and Performing Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Science and Engineering – and the Honors Program were named Outstanding Graduates this semester.

“We speak with pride about the caliber and dedication of the students who come to New Paltz to pursue an education,” said Stella Deen, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We are especially proud of graduates who have achieved at exceptional levels, and who are recognized by our faculty for accomplishments in the classroom, laboratory, studio, performance hall or on the athletic field and in the community.

“As outstanding students, you have achieved much, and we hope you are rewarded by what you have accomplished. In many cases you have inspired your professors, and have no doubt helped your fellow students, by boosting the overall intellectual climate of the College.”

A complete list of this semester’s Outstanding Graduates can be viewed at the Merit Student Achievement page published by the College.