College to Celebrate Achievements of Nearly 760 Graduates; Nearly 400 Expected to Participate in Event

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Professor Lucinda Fleming and Student Trustee Corinna Stoker will be the featured speakers on Saturday, May 22, when SUNY Orange conducts its 60th Commencement Exercise on the Alumni Green of the College’s Middletown campus.

On the same site at which the College delivered 13 degrees during its inaugural Commencement on June 17, 1951, SUNY Orange will issue degrees to nearly 400 graduates who will participate in the ceremony. In all, approximately 760 graduates have completed their associate’s degree or certificate requirements during August, December or May of this current academic year. Any student who completed the necessary academic requirements during the 2009-10 academic year is eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

College President Dr. William Richards will conduct the Commencement, with addresses to be delivered Fleming, Stoker, Orange County Executive Edward Diana and Board of Trustees Chair Joan Wolfe. Marlyn DeFreece, of Middletown, will serve as the student marshal.

SUNY Orange issues diplomas to students who earn Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, while presenting graduation certificates to those who complete the College’s various certificate programs.

PHOTO: Professor Lucinda FlemingFleming was one of two SUNY Orange professors to be presented with the 2010 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to her speech, she will receive a medallion, signifying her receipt of that prestigious award, during the ceremony.

Since joining the SUNY Orange faculty in 2001, Fleming has been a valued member of the College’s Business Department. She currently serves as assistant chair of the department after having served for several years as chair of the Business Management Department before the College merged it with the Accounting Department. At one point in her nine years at SUNY Orange, Fleming has taught nearly every business, marketing or management course in the College’s curriculum.

She has helped integrate online learning into the College’s curriculum and has developed many online and hybrid business courses. She completed the proposal for a business management degree program currently being offered at SUNY Orange’s new Newburgh Campus and she works closely with those high school faculty who teach business courses through SUNY Orange’s Community College in the High School (CCHS) program.

PHOTO: Student Trustee Corinna StokerStoker, of Pine Bush, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence this April. She serves as the Student Trustee, representing the College’s nearly 7,000 students on the Board of Trustees. She is a community college representative to the SUNY Student Assembly and is president of the SUNY Orange Student Senate. She is also a Student Ambassador, has been a member of the College’s student judicial hearing board, and has acted as a new student orientation leader for three semesters.

In addition, she volunteers her time as an advisor for her local Boy Scout Troop and with the Women’s Auxiliary of Wallkill. She will graduate this May with an associate’s degree in Education (biology for grades 7-12).

Commencement will begin with the graduate procession at 10 a.m. Music will be provided by the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band and the national anthem will be performed by the College’s Choir. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Physical Education Building.

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