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SUNY Canton Celebrates Commencement

Friday, May 18th, 2007

More than 700 students are eligible to participate in SUNY Canton’s 99th Commencement Ceremonies beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields. The event will be held outdoors for the first time in recent memory and perhaps in college history.

The Graduates:

Criminal Justice was the most popular major among graduates with 108 students receiving their associate degree in that field. Seventy-five graduates received associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies, making it the second most popular major, followed by Nursing with 69 students and Business Administration with 62 graduates. The most bachelor’s degrees were awarded in Criminal Investigation. It was the fifth most popular major overall with 60 graduates. The certificate program with the highest number of graduates was the Health Science Career Studies major with 55 students. It was also the sixth largest major overall.

The Chancellor:

SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has praised Ryan for his extraordinary leadership and accomplishments as well as his tremendous support of SUNY Canton. Ryan has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., and will be stepping down as chancellor at the end of this month.

The Tent:

Graduation ceremonies will be conducted in an enormous tent that has been erected on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields. The tent is 100 feet wide and 220 feet long. The tent was rented from Hurlbut Tent Rental of Massena. College officials moved the event outdoors after it was discovered that Alumni Gymnasium in the Dana Athletic Complex was in need of repair.


Students and their families will gather with faculty, staff and friends for a post-graduation reception following the formal ceremonies. The weekend also featured 18 students graduating from the St. Lawrence David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and a special Pinning Ceremony honoring the 2007 Nursing graduates.


Chancellor John R. Ryan to Address 2007 SUNY Canton Graduates

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Chancellor John RyanSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has announced that SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Alumni Gymnasium in Dana Athletic Center.

“Chancellor Ryan has been a tremendous leader not only for the State University of New York system, but throughout his career,” said Kennedy. “SUNY Canton has benefited from his guidance and dedication. Our graduating students will benefit immensely from listening to such an accomplished professional.”

Recently, Ryan addressed the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors at a meeting in Naples, Fla., which was simultaneously broadcast at SUNY Canton. He highlighted the remarkable growth in the Foundation’s assets which grew from $1 million in 1993, to $5 million in 2004, to over $12 million in 2006. Since 2000, the SUNY Canton College Foundation has provided over $6 million in scholarships and other support.

Prior to becoming Chancellor, Ryan served as the president of the State University of New York Maritime College, the interim president of SUNY Albany, and was the former superintendent (president) of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

As president of SUNY Maritime, Ryan nearly doubled the number of students in just three years, resulting in the highest enrollment in Maritime’s 131-year history. He created the National Institute for Leadership & Ethics, which includes a summer institute for high school juniors and seniors, as well as undergraduate leadership training for Maritime students, and he established the President’s Circle Scholarship Fund, which includes numerous donors who have pledged $10,000 over four years for a named scholarship.

He is also a former U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), and other numerous service awards.

After designation as a naval aviator and assignments in several operational squadrons, Ryan’s naval career included numerous leadership positions in squadrons, wings, and forces that took him to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Ryan has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., and will be stepping down as chancellor at the end of May.

Ryan is married to the former Diane L. Ackerman of Bangor, Pa. They have three adult daughters: Tricia, Kelly, and Julie, and four grandchildren.


Chancellor Challenges SUNY Canton Foundation Board

Friday, January 12th, 2007

SUNY Canton Chancellor John R. Ryan challenged the SUNY Canton Foundation Board to reach even higher than their $10 million by 2010 goal.

“I want to challenge you to dramatically increase your Foundation’s goals and assets over the next several years,” Ryan said, during the annual board meeting simultaneously held Friday both in Naples, Fla., and SUNY Canton. “I challenge Board Members to constantly be thinking of ways to raise money and become an integral part of the long term financial success of the Foundation. You are the leaders that will help determine the level of the college’s future success.”

To date, the SUNY Canton College Foundation has raised approximately $8.9 million towards the 2010 Centennial Campaign goal and has total assets exceeding $12 million. Ryan highlighted the remarkable growth in the Foundation’s assets which grew from $1 million in 1993, to $5 million in 2004, to over $12 million just two years later.

The Chancellor saluted those members in attendance that helped the foundation grow from a mere concept 30 years prior to a multi-million dollar success story. Among those were President Emeritus Dr. Earl MacArthur, Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, Vice President for Administration Emeritus Charles F. Goolden, and others.

“Congratulations to all of you on that accomplishment,” Ryan said. “Particularly to the Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. and Blanche K. Woodcock, and alumnus Joel M. Canino, who have invested in the future of SUNY Canton.”

The Woodcocks are both alumni of SUNY Canton, Ron graduated in 1959, and Blanche received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 2006. Canino is also a 1959 graduate.

The Foundation uses donations to help defray the continually-increasing cost of higher education. During the fall semester of 2006, the Foundation awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to assist more than 200 students as well as more than $20,000 in Campus Enhancement Awards to help improve students’ academic experiences and enhance the overall learning environment.

“Chancellor Ryan has challenged us not only to increase our goals, but to broaden our fundraising approach and philosophies,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “In doing so, we will be able to assist more students than ever before. It is our belief that financial circumstances should not be a barrier to our quality programs.”

The Chancellor joined Kennedy, Provost Jeremy D. Brown, Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach, and several others in Naples, Fla., to deliver the keynote address. The meeting was simultaneously broadcast via the Internet to one of the College’s Online Learning classrooms, allowing area board members to participate without traveling to the Sunshine State. The computer-televised meeting allowed for board member participation in both states. A similar setup is used in some of SUNY Canton’s online courses, allowing students to access their education regardless of their geographic location.