New Graduates to be Feted in College’s Physical Education Building

PHOTO: Steve WinterMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- More than 425 graduates are expected to participate in SUNY Orange’s 63rd annual Commencement Ceremony, planned for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 18 in the Physical Education Building on the College’s Middletown campus.

Business professor Stephen Winter (right) and graduate Brittney Flaherty will serve as the featured speakers. In all, nearly 870 graduates will have completed their associate’s degree or certificate requirements during August, December or May of this current academic year. That total is pending final review of all May graduate candidates’ transcripts.

Any student who completed the necessary academic requirements during the 2012-13 academic year, or is slated to conclude a program of study this summer, is eligible to participate in Commencement. SUNY Orange issues diplomas to students who earn Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as graduation certificates to those who complete the College’s various certificate programs.

College President Dr. William Richards will conduct the Commencement, with addresses to be delivered by Winter, Flaherty, Orange County Executive Edward Diana, Board of Trustees Chair Joan Wolfe and Rich Rowley, chairman of the SUNY Orange Foundation’s Board of Directors. Eneida Post will serve as student marshal, leading the graduates procession. The Rev. Patt Kauffman, of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Port Jervis, will deliver the invocation.

PHOTO: Brittney FlahertyWinter, a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, is concluding his 50th year on the faculty at SUNY Orange. Throughout his tenure, Winter has been a leader and visionary in implementing new and innovative programs designed with student learning in mind.

Nearly 30 years ago, he was the first SUNY Orange professor to offer an Honors Course. He instituted the use of advisory boards in the Business Department that continue to support the College today. More recently, he has actively pursued the use of instructional technology, having developed an online course for Principles of Marketing while also offering web-enhanced materials to supplement each of the courses he oversees today. He was also named the Northeastern Region 1 winner of the Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2008. He served as chair of the Business Department for 24 years.

Flaherty (above), of Westtown, currently serves as the student trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees. She will receive an engineering science degree and plans to transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study civil engineering. She serves as president of the Student Senate and is a member of the following student organizations: Engineering Club, Board of Activities and Gay-Straight Alliance.

PHOTO: Eneida PostPost (right), of Middletown, enrolled at SUNY Orange in 2011 after losing her job. Despite having been away from the classroom for many years, she has excelled academically. A three-time member of the Dean’s List, she is poised to earn a business administration degree this summer. She is a member of the student Business Club, serves as a Student Ambassador and is vice president of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

SUNY Orange generally holds its Commencement outdoors on the Alumni Green at the Middletown campus, but this year’s event is being moved indoors due to construction of the new Center for Science and Engineering that has rendered a section of the Alumni Green unusable.

Due to limited seating in the gymnasium, the College will stream the ceremony live online and will simulcast the video stream in two on-campus locations (Orange Hall Theatre and Shepard Student Center Cafeteria) for friends, relatives and members of the community. Both simulcast locations are universally accessible. Commencement can be viewed online at

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.


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