It’s the time of the season — graduation season, that is. Colleges and universities throughout the Capital Region are holding their undergraduate commencement ceremonies May 10-24, with a couple hosting events in June and July.
A majority of schools in the region are welcoming keynote speakers to address the class of 2014. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy tapped IBM President and CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty and World Wide Web inventor Timothy Berners-Lee as speakers. The University at Albany will have Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya as its graduation speaker.
But some colleges will not host a keynote speaker. Instead, Hudson Valley Community College opted to dedicate that time to call the names of each graduate. Siena College got creative and put together a video of students reflecting on their time at the college.
Here is a full list of commencement ceremonies in the area:
• SUNY Cobleskill has its commencement scheduled for today in the Bouck Hall Gymnasium. The school will hold separate ceremonies at 10 a.m. for the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources and 1 p.m. for the School of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Judith St. Leger, who graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 1985 and is the director of pathology and research for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, is the school’s keynote speaker.
• The College of Saint Rose in Albany is scheduled to host its commencement ceremony today at 10 a.m. at the Times Union Center. Graduates will hear from three speakers — Harry Rosenfeld, editor-at-large and former editor of the Times Union; Daniel Nolan, president and CEO of Hugh Johnson Advisors; and the college’s interim president, Maggie Kirwin.
• SUNY Adirondack is holding its commencement ceremony Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The commencement speaker will be William Alden, who worked for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. He graduated from the college in 1964.
• Albany Law School’s commencement ceremony is set for Friday at 10 a.m. at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. The school’s speaker is Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former governor of Illinois. He graduated from Albany Law in 1975.
• Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown is hosting its commencement ceremony Friday at 7 p.m. in the Raiders Den. The college’s keynote speaker is U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson.
• The Belanger School of Nursing will graduate its class of 2014 Friday at 7 p.m. at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in Schenectady.
• Hudson Valley Community College in Troy is holding it commencement ceremony on May 17 at 8:30 a.m. at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. HVCC President Andrew Matonak will speak to graduates during the ceremony. Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino and Rensselaer County Legislature Chairman Martin Reid will also address the graduating class.
• The Sage Colleges is welcoming CDPHP CEO Dr. John Bennett to deliver its commencement address. Commencement exercises will be held on May 17 at 10 a.m. at the Houston Field House in Troy.
• Skidmore College is holding its commencement ceremony on May 17 at 10:40 a.m. at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Several people will speak to graduates during the event, including Linda Toohey, chair of the Board of Trustees; Peter McCarthy, lecturer and field coordinator in social work; and Xavier Hatten, president of the class of 2014.
• The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is holding its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 17 at 11 a.m. in the NanoFab South Auditorium.
• Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will hold its commencement ceremony on May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. College President James Gozzo will address the graduating class.
• Siena College’s commencement will be at 9:45 a.m. on May 18 at the Times Union Center in Albany. The college will not have a commencement speaker this year. Instead, Siena will show a video on the reflections of the class of 2014.
• The University at Albany is welcoming Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya to deliver the university’s undergraduate commencement address on May 18 at 10 a.m. on the university’s entry plaza. Ulukaya studied business at UAlbany in 1997 and started Chobani, the No. 1 selling Greek yogurt maker, 10 years ago in New Berlin, Chenango County.
• Maria College’s commencement ceremony is on May 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The keynote speaker is Rev. Howard Hubbard, bishop emeritus of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.
• Albany Medical College’s commencement ceremony is on May 22 at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The keynote speaker is Dr. Solomon Snyder, one of the first to identify neurochemical receptors in the brain that control and manage pleasure and pain. He is now a professor at Johns Hopkins University.
• Schenectady County Community College tapped State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman and former state comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall as the college’s commencement speaker. SCCC’s graduation ceremony will be held May 22 at 3 p.m. at Proctors.
• In Troy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, president and CEO of computer giant IBM, as its graduation speaker. World Wide Web inventor Timothy Berners-Lee and geneticist Mary-Claire King will also address graduates. RPI’s commencement ceremony will be held on May 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the stadium at the East Campus Athletic Village.
• Union College in Schenectady is holding its commencement exercises on June 15 at 10 a.m. in Hull Plaza, in front of Schaffer Library. The Steinmetz car, a 1914 Detroit electric automobile once owned by Charles Proteus Steinmetz, who was a mathematician and electrical engineer, will lead the academic procession. Union’s keynote speaker at commencement is Deborah Birx, a global leader in HIV and AIDS research.
• Excelsior College is holding its commencement ceremony on July 11 at 3 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The college’s commencement speaker is Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation.