SUNY Cobleskill awarded 455 degrees on Saturday, and presented an honorary degree to a woman described as a “culinary trailblazer,” Carol Brock.
The commencement speaker was Richard Ball, the state commissioner of agriculture and markets and a well-known farmer in Schoharie County.
The college, traditionally known for its agricultural and culinary programs, awarded 189 two-year Associate’s Degrees, with the most popular majors including agricultural machinery engineering, social sciences and early childhood education.
The college also awarded Bachelor’s Degrees to 266 students, with the most common majors being business administration, animal science and wildlife management.
Brock received an honorary degree in humane letters for having founded Les Dames d’Escoffier, which helped break down barriers to women in the culinary arts.
She has donated hundreds of culinary books to SUNY Cobleskill’s Van Wagenen Library in support of the culinary program.
Brock began her career as food editor of Good Housekeeping magazine in 1944, and later became food editor for Parents Magazine and then food reporter for the New York Daily News. She is currently culinary arts coordinator for Great Neck Adult Education, and remains an active teacher, mentor and event producer.