The ranks of our alumni in the New York City area will swell by nearly 200 next week as we award master’s degrees to students who earned them by attending classes on weekends during the school year and for two weeks on the Alfred University campus during the summer. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Kingsborough Community College.
Among those receiving degrees will be 148 candidates who have earned Master of Science degrees in counseling, 26 who earned the Certificate of Advanced Study in mental health counseling or school counseling, and five who will receive Master of Public Administration degrees. A number of others who earned their degrees in August or December 2018 have chosen to participate in the June commencement, bringing the total to 196 graduates who will be recognized next Friday.
Larry Casey, who is retiring at the end of the month after 25 years as our registrar, will deliver the commencement address. We chose Larry because he spearheaded the initiative to implement a web-based system that allows faculty and students to view information such as grades and progress toward their degree in real time. Implementing that system made it possible for Alfred University to offer programs in the New York City area, Corning, and internationally, as well as to offer on-line courses.
Prior to coming to Alfred University, Larry was the director of records and registration for the Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, and had worked in the records, admissions, and financial aid departments at Bellevue College in Omaha, Nebraska. He has also worked as a radio station news director, a disc jockey, and a television station announcer.
Since our University began to offer master’s degree programs in the New York City area 12 years ago, we have awarded more than 1,200 degrees there, all because of the vision and dedication of people like Larry; Jay Cerio, dean of our School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; and Rick Stephens, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.
Now, through our School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, also called AUNY, we offer master’s degrees in counseling and public administration to students who attend classes in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and Oceanside, Long Island, in partnership with the Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE). The programs are considered to be a satellite of the counseling program offered on the main campus in Alfred. We also offer undergraduate degree programs in Corning and plan to expand offerings at that location in partnership with Corning Community College.