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Undergraduate Ceremonies Speaker
John Faso ’74 was elected in November 2016 to represent the 19th District of New York in the United States Congress. As a first-term Congressman, Mr. Faso has been appointed to the House Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Agriculture Committees. Previously, he served 16 years as a New York State Assemblyman, spent three years on the New York State Financial Control Board, and was a Presidential appointee to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation for seven years, which provides training for high school history teachers, among other roles.
After graduating from The College at Brockport with bachelor's degrees in political science and history, Mr. Faso went on to receive a law degree from Georgetown University. Faso began his political career as a Brockport student, interning on Capitol Hill as part of the College’s Washington Internship Program — an experience Faso says was critical to his career path.
Mr. Faso and his wife, Mary Frances, a registered nurse, are the proud parents of two adult children. They reside in Kinderhook, New York.
Graduate Ceremony Speaker
Dr. Faith Prather is an associate professor of public administration, where she has taught in the master’s program since 1989. She earned her PhD in counselor education from the University at Buffalo and her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Fredonia State College. She is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, an educational honorary organization for women educators. In 1999 she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Over three decades, Dr. Prather has served the College in multiple roles including interim director of affirmative action and interim provost for diversity. She is a co-founder of the College’s Women’s Center and is one of the inaugural recipients of the Fannie Barrier Williams Women of Courage Award. She has been actively involved in consultation, education, and training to several organizations including the United Way African American Leadership Development Program, the Rochester Department of Social Services, the National Drug Court Institute, and the Rochester City School District Safe Schools Healthy Students Project. Prior to joining the Department of Public Administration faculty, Dr. Prather worked for the Buffalo State College Center for the Development of Human Services as co-director of management training for administrators and commissioned officers in the New York State Department of Social Services. Dr. Prather will be retiring from The College at Brockport this spring.