Keuka College celebrates 100th Commencement

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Candidates for graduation at Keuka College stride toward the ceremony held in front of the historic Ball Hall May 25.

The 100th commencement ceremony at Keuka College was held Sunday, May 25 on the massive lawn between Ball Hall and Norton Chapel on the Keuka Park Campus.

Before introducing other speakers, President Joseph Burke reminded the crowd of the significance of the Memorial Day weekend ceremony, introducing one Iraq War veteran who was graduating with a degree in criminal justice, and recognizing all the veterans in the audience.

He also recognized Keuka alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. But his voice broke with a touch of emotion when he talked about the coming weeks, when officials from the Keuka Park campus will travel to China to participate in commencement ceremonies at four campuses there that have been affected by the recent earthquake activity there.

Marianne Sophia Wallace of Bath, an occupational therapy graduate, spoke about opening the door to opportunity.

 “Keuka will always be a part of who we are,” said Laura Leigh Schroeder, one of the class speakers, who also said, “I can only imagine all we have to accomplish in our lives.”

“My hope is for you to leave today and think about how you can positively influence the world and all of its inhabitants,” said Rep. John R. (Randy) Kuhl in his commencement address.

Honorary degree recipients were Wanda Polisseni of Irondequoit, a Yates County native who has been involved in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and Dr. Floyd F. Amann, president of Corning Community College. He has helped create a relationship between the two institutions.