Purchase College celebrates student achievements at 45th annual commencement ceremony

Nearly 1,100 students were welcomed as alumni on May 19 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains at Purchase College’s Commencement Ceremony.

The following local students were recognized:

  • Ashley King, of Oneida graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance.
  • Ericka Longo, of Manlius graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.
  • Mason McDowell of Eaton graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music: Studio Composition.
  • Daniel Nassimos of Madison graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management.

The graduates were joined by thousands of family members, friends, college faculty, and staff members who came together to celebrate their achievements.

This year’s SUNY honorary degree recipients include men and women who have made significant contributions to cultural and civic life in New York, including Former Mayor David N. Dinkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for The New York Times Holland Cotter, and cultural leader Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Regina Spektor (’01) received the President’s Award for Distinguished Alumni. Cody La Vada (’17), a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and educator on transgender and LGBTQ issues, offered remarks on behalf of the senior class.

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