For Immediate Release
May 14, 2016
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Brockport’s Class of 2016 Joins Alumni Ranks
More than 2,000 undergraduates celebrate Commencement
BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport’s alumni family welcomed nearly 2,200 new members Saturday as Brockport celebrated its 2016 Undergraduate Commencement during two ceremonies held in the College’s Special Events Recreation Center.
It marked the first Commencement presided over by newly inaugurated College President Heidi Macpherson, PhD. Macpherson used her address to shine a light on some of what members of the Class of 2016 accomplished during their time at the College.
They created Golden Eagle forecasting, a student-led effort in which meteorology students help the Athletics Department prepare by providing them with detailed weather forecasts. A team of students emerged as finalists in the 2015 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants competition. Some members of the class helped start The MOVEMENT, which has helped the campus engage in an ongoing dialogue about equity, diversity and inclusion.
“All of our students are intensely curious about themselves, their world, and how best they might live in it,” Macpherson said. “They are reflective learners who study with passion the subjects they choose. They make a difference to the world around them.”
The graduates also heard from Joey Jackson ’88, a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney and a CNN/HLN legal analyst. After a stint as an assistant district attorney under Robert Morgenthau, Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP, where he serves as senior trial counsel specializing in criminal defense and labor and employment.
“They say the best way to predict the future is to create the future. And all of you have a great opportunity to do just that,” Jackson said. “There is no magic formula for success. But I can guarantee you this, if you’re not in the race you’re not going to win it. And all of you today are in the race because of all the work you’ve done.”
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