SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony Honors Students and Veterans

More than 600 degrees were awarded at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremonies, which included an honorary presentation of certificates for the College’s World War II veterans.

WWII Veterans

HONORING WWII VETERANS – Five honorary certificates were awarded to members of the class of 1943 at SUNY Canton's 100th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured are (l to r) Anne Merrill who accepted a certificate on behalf of her husband John M. Merrill of Canton, Glenn D. Hastings of Morley, Douglas N. Kunz of Whitesboro, Clarence "Cal" Hansen of Madison, South Dakota, and Harold E. Ayers of Gouverneur. Veterans of the class of 1943 who did not graduate with their class due to the war efforts, were also awarded honorary certificates (some posthumously) in their respective programs of study.

Sixty-five years ago, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement in 1943. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony will also be awarded for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

The honorary ceremony was a first in a day of phenomenal firsts for the College. The centennial graduating class also saw the first graduates in SUNY Canton’s four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications and Law Enforcement Leadership programs, and in the two-year-old Dental Hygiene program.

The top three most popular bachelor’s degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Investigation, Technology Management, and Information Technology.

The top three most popular associate degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies, and Nursing.

Many graduates in SUNY Canton’s four-year programs and career-driven associate degrees have already secured employment. SUNY Canton’s hands-on programs help prepare graduates to immediately start their employment and the College’s internships often lead to careers prior to commencement.

Photo Gallery of 2008 Commencement

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