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Sixty-eight graduate from Morrisville State College’s Norwich Campus

NORWICH, N.Y. – Parents, relatives and friends braved wind and rain to cheer on the graduates of Morrisville State College’s Class of 2006 during the college’s 95th commencement which was held on Drake Field at the main campus in Morrisville.

Sixty-eight students completed requirements for graduation from the Norwich Campus during the academic year.

Morrisville State College President, Dr. Ray Cross, was joined by Norwich Campus Dean, Dr. Ted Nichols, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, James Van Riper, school deans and members of the college council in presiding over the ceremony, which began with a 20-piece Scottish Bagpipe Band and herald trumpeters leading graduates into the formal commencement exercises.

Jody Harris, Norwich Campus Student Government Organization president, gave the student address. She encouraged graduates to persevere in overcoming obstacles they will encounter in their lives.

Cross bid the graduates good luck in their future endeavors, and encouraged them as they entered a new phase of their lives.

“Some of you may look upon commencement as an end,” he said. “I encourage you to see it as the beginning of the next phase of your lives. It is time to set new goals and begin new challenges.”

Keynote speaker Libby Pataki, First Lady of New York state, recalled her own graduation and spoke frankly about things she wished she had known after she graduated.

“I wish I would have known a risk when you are 21 is no risk at all; that if you succeed all of the time your goals are not big enough; and that life isn’t just about reaching goals, it’s about enjoying the ride,” she said.

Pataki has actively worked to raise awareness and serve as an advocate for a host of issues, including the promotion of women’s and children’s health issues throughout the more than 11 years her husband, Gov. George E. Pataki, has served as governor.

Nichols praised the Norwich graduates and wished them good luck in their future endeavors.

“The graduation ceremony reflects the culmination of students’ academic success in achieving their goals,” he said. “We are proud of our graduates and are confident that the education they received at Morrisville State College has prepared them well for bright futures.”

The Norwich Campus offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts transfer, and nursing to residents and employers of south central New York. Its new academic building, Roger W. Follett Hall, opened in June 2005 to accommodate the growing need for programs and services.

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Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.