Keuka College Commencement is Sunday, May 27

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Rev. Marlowe Washington

Keuka College’s Class of 2012 will receive degrees at the College’s 104th commencement Sunday, May 27.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. on the Norton Chapel lawn (Weed Physical Arts Center in case of inclement weather).

Joyce Cohen, a 1967 Keuka graduate and a leading figure in the field of career development and life planning for more than 25 years, will deliver the commencement address.

Founder and president of Unconventional Wisdom LLC, a life planning consulting agency, Cohen is an experienced consultant, workshop facilitator, life coach, outplacement counselor, and creator of updated credentials. A resident of Huntington, Conn., she has worked with more than 350 companies, universities, and government agencies in this country and abroad.

Barbara Miller, a 1956 Keuka graduate, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. She served on the Board of Trustees from 1984-1987 and 1988-1993, received the Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award in 1974, and its Effective Use of Retirement Award in 2009.

Miller, a resident of Mystic, Conn., served with distinction during her 20-year career as a U.S. Navy nurse. She retired in 1982 as a full commander, and was the first woman inducted into the Connecticut Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

Other commencement highlights include talks by Class of 2012 members Ryan Nichols, Courtney Manhard, and Ryan Hallings, and the presentation of the Professor of the Year Award.

In addition, seven students from the DRIVE (Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential learning) program will receive an Award of Higher Education.

In the program, Keuka College students serve as peer mentors to young adults with intellectual disabilities as they assimilate into the college environment and explore their personal goals.

DRIVE is a collaboration between Keuka College, Penn Yan Central School District, and Yates County ARC.

Commencement day activities at Keuka will kick off with the baccalaureate service at 9:30 a.m. in Norton Chapel. The Rev. Marlowe V.N. Washington, pastor of Christ Community Church in Rochester, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon.

Born in the Bronx, Washington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, but received a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan. He was ordained an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and was a pastor in Harlem, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; Newark, N.J.; and Rochester.