SUNY Adirondack to graduate 408 students in commencement exercises May 15

(QUEENSBURY, NY – May 6, 2014) – SUNY Adirondack will graduate 408 students at the College’s 52nd annual spring commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center for students receiving diplomas in the college’s various degree and certificate programs.

The public is cordially invited.

Commencement speaker will be William Alden, Class of 1964.

Alden spent most of his working adult life in law enforcement and drug abuse prevention, including 28 years with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Bill Alden, Class of 1964

As the founder and now Chairman and CEO of the DEA Educational Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., Bill funnels his talent and expertise in supporting “Target America,” a 10,000 square-foot traveling exhibit created to educate people about the economic, social and legal consequences of the use of illegal drugs, here in the U.S. and around the world.

He and his wife, the former Patricia Smatko – a 1965 nursing graduate of SUNY Adirondack - reside in Oakton, VA.

Alden earned an associate degree from SUNY Adirondack and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

Members of the SUNY Adirondack graduating class will be presented by Dr. Kristine D. Duffy, president of SUNY Adirondack and Brian Durant, vice president for academic and student affairs.

Commencement marshals will be Wendy Johnston, assistant professor of political science, and A. Nicholas Buttino, professor of business and economics. The SUNY Adirondack Chorale, conducted by Miriam Enman, will perform. The processional and recessional will be led by members of the Adirondack Pipes & Drums.

The student speaker will be Kristin Covey of Galway, who earned an associate degree in business administration and will graduate this year.

Light refreshments will be served.

SUNY Adirondack encourages persons with disabilities to participate in official college programs, events, and activities. Reasonable accommodations can be requested by contacting SUNY Adirondack Accessibility Services at 518-743-2282 or

For more information on commencement, please contact Barbara Green, assistant dean for student success, at 743-2239.


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