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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2011

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Poet, Curator to Deliver Brockport Commencement Addresses

William Heyen and Anne Tucker will address graduates May 14

BROCKPORT, N.Y.—An internationally known poet and one of the world’s most important people in photography will address graduates at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, during its Commencement ceremonies May 14.

William Heyen, who has authored 30 books and has been designated as a finalist for a National Book Award, will be the featured speaker at the undergraduate ceremony, which begins at 12:45 pm in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium.

Heyen is a 1961 Brockport graduate who has served as a senior Fulbright lecturer in American literature in Germany and won awards from the National Endowments for the Arts, Guggenheim and the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, among others. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic and hundreds of anthologies and he has lectured and conducted poetry readings at more than 350 colleges and universities. The Brockport resident is currently a professor of English/poet in residence emeritus at the College.

Anne Tucker, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham curator of the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas and one of American Photo Magazine’s 100 most important people in photography, will deliver the keynote address at the graduate ceremony, which begins at 9 am in the Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium inside the Tuttle North building.

Time named Tucker “America’s Best Curator” in 2001 for her accomplishments as founding curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. She has curated more than 40 exhibitions, has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Tucker earned a master’s of fine arts degree from Brockport’s Visual Studies Workshop and served as a trustee of the Visual Studies Workshop from 1980-1997.

Heyen and Tucker will each receive honorary degrees from the State University of New York.

“It is a special day when we can honor two people who took different paths toward achieving international reputations,” said John R. Halstead, PhD, president of The College at Brockport. “Bill Heyen has been associated with Brockport for more than 50 years and has positively impacted thousands of students. Anne Tucker has shown that skills learned from the Visual Studies Workshop can be applied throughout the world. These two are truly deserving of receiving honorary degrees.”

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