For Immediate Release
May 16, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—More than 350 graduate students became alumni of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Friday evening inside the College’s Special Events Recreation Center (SERC).
And each of them was issued a challenge by Thomas Markusen, the College’s 2014 Graduate Ceremony Commencement speaker.
“So each of us will develop our own formula for success. Therefore, we are in charge of our own successes,” said Markusen, who also accepted an honorary degree from the State University of New York. “This is your charge, graduates: Go out and identify and embrace the challenges of your discipline and find solutions. You are the ones who will meet and solve the challenges of tomorrow.”
Markusen is an internationally renowned fine craft artist who served as a professor of art at Brockport for 30 years. His pieces have appeared in prestigious institutions such as the Vatican Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City and the Wustum Museum in Racine, WI.
Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, reminded the graduates that their Brockport experience doesn’t end on graduation day.
“Remember that you are—and always will be—a valued member of The College at Brockport family,” Halstead said. “Take pride in your graduate degrees. Stay active in the life of your community. Be inspired!”
Michael Kalkbrenner was the 2014 recipient of the College’s Distinguished Scholar Award, which was established to recognize an exceptional graduate student with a record of outstanding academic work and scholarship. Kalkbrenner graduated with a master of science degree in mental health counseling. He further developed his counseling techniques through a semester-long practicum in the campus health center and a year-long mental health counseling internships at the Canandaigua Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center. His strong academic record culminated in his thesis, The Effectiveness of Aftercare at Preventing Relapse of Recently Discharged Veterans, which provides the VA with valuable quantitative assessments of aftercare pertaining to substance use disorders among recently discharged veterans.
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