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For Immediate Release
May 12, 2016

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Brockport Celebrates 2016 Graduate Commencement Ceremony

66th annual ceremony celebrates student success

BROCKPORT, NY—More than 400 graduate students became alumni of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Friday evening inside the College’s Special Events Recreation Center.

They heard from alumnus Leonard Brock ’03/’05, who is the executive director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative. Brock spoke of the challenges he and his team face as they try to reverse the century-old issue of poverty in the area. He told each of the graduates that their talents were needed as part of the solution.

Brock focused on the theme of process, however. Process, he told the graduates, would be crucial to their success.

“What do I mean when I say process? What is process? Process is patience; process is action; process is conviction; process is understanding, dedication and a willingness to work through arduous times,” Brock said. “There’s an old adage that states, ‘anything worth having is worth working for.’ Another translation, ‘anything of purpose requires process.’”

Brockport President Heidi Macpherson spoke of the pride the College takes in sending graduates out into the world.

"Our world benefits in so many ways from the infusion of capable, highly qualified people, and I am honored and delighted that The College at Brockport has had an important role to play in helping our graduate students pursue their dreams," she said.

Kara Hiltz was the 2016 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. Hiltz graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and is preparing to embark on a career as a school counselor.

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