1200 students graduate, Thomas Nelson wins a new car
ALFRED, NY, May 14, 2022 – Alfred State College honored approximately 1,200 eligible graduates at the 111th commencement ceremony. Graduates celebrated with faculty and staff along with their families and friends as the ceremony returned to an in-person event at Pioneer Stadium.
Alfred State President Dr. Steve Mauro presided over the ceremonies. He applauded the students for their perseverance and success. “I encourage you to continue on your trajectory of success. Continue to seek your goal and dreams. You have proven you can be successful. Keep that positive momentum going.”
A major component of the ceremony was the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence to five graduating students. The award honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year college. Recipients meet the criteria of service, leadership, character, and scholarship.
Receiving the award were Thaddeus Grierson (Perry – School of Applied Technology associate degree recipient); Joseph Tempksi (Hamburg – School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology baccalaureate degree recipient); Jenna Schweigert (Lockport – School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology associate degree recipient); Colleen Farley (Staten Island – School of Arts and Sciences baccalaureate degree recipient); and Ailie Smithers (Belfast – School of Arts and Sciences associate degree recipient).
The commencement ceremonies featured student speakers from each of the three schools at the college.
- Ailie Smithers represented the School of Arts and Sciences. Smithers is graduating with her associate degree in nursing. She has received numerous awards, including the Janice Woythal Annual Scholarship, the Pay it Forward Scholarship, the Kathy Barnes Honorary Guardian of Nursing Annual Award, and the Orvis Award.
- Megan Delianne (Bayshore) represented the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology. Delianne, a digital media & animation major, recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and previously has won the Alfred State Academic Award as the female athlete with the highest overall GPA.
- Thaddeus Grierson represented the School of Applied Technology. He has excelled in academics, making the Dean’s list every semester and was the recipient of the Orvis Award. Grierson, a building trades major, was named to the AMCC Sportsmanship team for men’s soccer and has served as a tutor and student ambassador on his campus.
The Alfred State faculty quarter performed the national anthem and the college’s alma mater. Students were led in recessional by grand marshal Dr. Aniko Constantine.
Alfred State College electrical engineering technology major Thomas Nelson (Burdett, NY) not only received his bachelor’s degree during the 111th commencement ceremony but he won a 2014 Dodge Dart.
Nelson became the eighth Alfred State graduate to win a car at commencement. The annual giveaway began in 2015 to add to the graduation celebrations at ASC. The car is a gift from the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc.
When entering the commencement ceremony at Pioneer Stadium graduates submitted an entry for the drawing. At the conclusion of the ceremony, former Alfred State First Lady Mary Huntington selected a winner.
Nelson jumped out of his seat when his seat and met Alfred State President Dr. Steven Mauro after the ceremonies to check out his new vehicle.