A future doctor and an upcoming educator are both recipients of the 2007 Associate Level Outstanding Graduate award at SUNY Canton.
Further highlighting their outstanding academic success, Tiffany Dailey, an Early Childhood student from Chase Mills, and Mbaye Diop, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies student from New York City, were also both recipients of the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
Both students will receive their Associate Level Outstanding Graduate award at SUNY Canton’s 99th Commencement Ceremony.
“The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence is given to the best and the brightest students across the SUNY System,” said Ryan. “I commend the campus presidents and their faculty and staff for discovering and enhancing student excellence throughout the year.”
Kennedy said. “Given Tiffany’s and Mbaye’s exemplary personal characteristics and academic standards, I feel they are among our finest graduates ever SUNY Canton and truly fit the description of Outstanding Graduates. I know that their motivation and determination will help them to succeed and continue to make a difference in their respective communities whether here in the North Country or even on another continent. ”
Dailey comes to class everyday after working a midnight shift with United Cerebral Palsy. “Tiffany is a responsible and highly respected student,” said Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “She is articulate and enthusiastic. She has a genuine interest in her education and it is quite evident that she has a passion for teaching. ”
Dailey is a recipient of the Garnett M. Lawrence Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation, has received accolades for her high grades within the Early Childhood program, and is the secretary of the Early Childhood Club. She is the vice president of leadership in her honor society and has received a Character Development award for upholding the college’s Campus Creed.
Chancellor Ryan also awarded Dailey for making Phi Theta Kappa Second Team all-academic status.
Diop is a native of Senegal, Africa, and moved to New York City in 2003. He plans on earning his bachelor’s and his medical doctorate degrees, then moving back to Africa to practice medicine in his hometown. “I believe that by doing my medical studies in the United States I will have the opportunity to use the latest technology and instruments, making me a more effective doctor than I would be if I studied in Africa,” Diop said.
Diop said he chose to attend SUNY Canton because it is quieter and less distracting than the city.
“Mbaye realizes the added value of conceptual understanding as compared to straight memorization,” Professor of Biology Kenneth Erickson pointed out. “His critical thinking skills are very developed and he responds well to a challenge. Mbaye is at his best when the material is most difficult.”
He has received both the Henning Keeler Scholarship and the Charles W. Johnson Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation. He was also nominated for the national Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. He is the president of the college’s science club and is the vice president of scholarship within his honor society.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.
The Outstanding Graduate Award is presented annually to the top student or students in two- and four-year programs at SUNY Canton. Among the many criteria for this award are high grades and active participation in extra-curricular activities.