Saturday: More Than 600 Receive Clarkson Degrees


Bill Howley couldn't wait one more day to graduate.

As he prepared for the procession to to Clarkson University's 117th commencement Saturday, Howley declared "Right now is the time.'

Not far away, another graduate, Alyssa Bandy, said she was "Overwhelmed by the change that's gonna happen after today - the immense possibility that anything could happen."

Howley and Bandy were two of more than 600 Clarkson University students from 34 states, 18 countries and 58 New York state counties who were granted bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the commencement.

The weekend was also marked by the commissioning of United States Army and United States Air Force officers on Friday.

"You know these are tough times;  we have a tough economy, high employment, a great recession, we see the scourge of terrorism, and at the same time there are people your age, brave young men and women overseas, protecting our freedom," U.S. Senator Charles Schumer told the graduates.

"But you know what? Americans, and particularly young Americans, New Yorkers, and particularly young New Yorkers, and Clarkson graduates, when times are tough is when you really stand up."

"And so now is the time, if there was ever one, to reach for your dream, and then to reach deep down inside yourself and see what you are made of," said Schumer. 

Receiving honorary degrees and making short addresses were Martin J. Fisher, the co-founder and CEO of KickStart International; Carl B. Mack, the executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); and J. Craig Venter, founder, chairman, and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute, and founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc.

- 7 News staff & Clarkson University press release


Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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