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Fall 2008 After Canton SUNY Canton Alumni Association & College Foundation Publication Class of ’43 Celebrates Commencement SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony was also one of its most emoDouglas N. Kunz tional. There was a standing Glenn D. ovation and many tears in the Hastings Anne Merrill crowd as the members of the Class of 1943 celebrated the graduation they were unable to attend seven decades earlier. Greatest Graduates,” Kennedy said after the Sixty-five years ago, twenty-seven ceremony. “It was special to have them here students were called into service just weeks to be honored with the graduation ceremony before their commencement and left campus they weren’t able to enjoy so many years ago.” to serve the country in World War II. In a Technical Electricity major Cal Hansen heartfelt, touching ceremony during Comspoke eloquently on behalf of his 1943 classmencement, SUNY Canton President Joseph mates and expressed gratitude toward the L. Kennedy presented four members of the college. He also quoted Professor Emeritus class and a spouse of a deceased veteran Peter Nevaldine when he told the graduatwith honorary certificates in their respective ing class of 2008, “You don’t get smart while programs. you’re sleeping.” Hansen travelled all the way “They are known as the Greatest Genfrom South Dakota to accept his degree. eration, and perhaps for us they are our This year’s Commencement saw the first Harold E. Ayers Clarence A. Hansen 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. “Johmarr Ogletree is a kid with a dream” Dreams Come True When fire ripped through his family’s home earlier this year, Johmarr Ogletree feared his dreams of attending college might have also gone up in flames. The Corcoran High School graduate was an exemplary student and community member. He was the vice president of his class, active in his church, won a youth achievement award, and even enrolled in advanced classes at Syracuse University. Johmarr had started a college fund with money earned from waiting tables, and he had saved enough to attend SUNY Canton this fall. That changed after the fire. The Ogletree family was forced to move in with Johmarr’s grandmother. Shortly thereafter, that house Pages 8 & 9 was broken into and several possessions were stolen. And when his father was forced to stop working because of a heart defect, the family was beginning to wonder about their future. Johmarr withdrew $1,000 from his college fund and gave it to his family, which includes his father, three brothers, and his mother Felicia, who works as a technician at Upstate Medical University. Johmarr’s actions inspired a school official to draw attention to his situation, and in continued on page 2 A Foundation for Success. ➠

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