Nearly 900 Graduates to Earn Degrees This Year; More Than 450 Expected to Participate in Ceremony

PHOTO: Terree AngerameMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange’s 66th Commencement ceremony will feature more than 450 participating graduates when the event begins at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 19 on the Alumni Green at the College’s Middletown campus.

Business professor Terre Angerame (right) and 2016 graduate Allyson Andryshak (below) will be the featured speakers. In all, approximately 900 students 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 2015-16 academic year, or is slated to conclude a program of study this summer, is eligible to participate in Commencement. SUNY Orange awards 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.

SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young, who arrived at the College last June, will be preside over her first Commencement ceremony. Additional remarks will be offered by Harry Porr, director of operations for Orange County who will be representing County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Board of Trustees Chair Helen G. Ullrich; and Terry Saturno, chairman of the SUNY Orange Foundation’s Board of Directors. Graduate Irina Negru will serve as the student marshal and lead the graduate processional and recessional.

Angerame joined the SUNY Orange faculty in 1999. She serves as the co-advisor to the Newburgh Business Club and teaches an array of courses within the College’s business curriculum, including Personal Finance, Business Math, Introduction to Business, Business and Society, Business Statistics, Business Communications, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, and Career Planning.

PHOTO: Allyson AndryshakShe is a member of American Association of University Women, American Production and Inventory Control Society and the National Business Education Association. She has participated on a number of committees at the College, including chairing the Developmental Education Committee and serving on the Middle States Self-Study and Strategic Planning steering committees.

Andryshak, of Middletown, will graduate having earned a liberal arts degree with a concentration in English. She received the full-tuition Honor’s Program President’s Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She is a member of the Honors Program; serves as president of the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for students at two-year colleges; and is involved in the theatre arts as an actress in campus productions. She also serves as treasurer of the Apprentice Players, the on-campus acting ensemble.

Andryshak is actively involved in the community, having served as a kindergarten teacher’s assistant. She also visits her high school to help with set-building for drama productions, and participates in fundraising events including Relay for Life and the annual Orange County Walk for Breast Cancer. Each summer, she volunteers as a youth counselor at Camp Veritas Catholic Camp. At the College, she helps maintain the campus gardens.

Negru will graduate with degrees in both business administration and visual communications. She is a Student Ambassador and a member of the College’s Honors Program. During this past academic year, she served as president of the Middletown campus Student Senate. Three weeks ago, Negru spoke on behalf of the entire student body during the inauguration ceremony installing Young as the College’s eighth president.

In the event of inclement weather, Commencement would be moved indoors to the Edward A. Diana Physical Education Center.

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