OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito, SUNYIT commencement keynote speaker
SUNYIT’s 39th annual commencement will honor hundreds of graduates Saturday, May 11, starting at 10 a.m., in the Wildcat Field House.
About 700 candidates who became eligible for graduation from August 2012 through the end of the current academic year have been invited to take part in the annual ceremony. In addition to remarks by President Yeigh, graduates and guests will hear from RoAnn M. Destito, Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services; she will deliver the keynote address. Also during the ceremony, students will present a class gift, and there will be other recognitions in addition to the awarding of degrees. A reception in the Student Center will follow the two-hour ceremony.
Pollster and political analyst John Zogby will deliver the first 2013 SUNYIT President’s Lecture on Tuesday, February 26. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the Student Center multipurpose room on the SUNYIT campus in Marcy.
The founder of a Utica-based polling firm that grew into Zogby International, Zogby’s rise to national and international prominence was boosted by his work during the 1996 presidential campaign. In the aftermath of the close race, the Washington Post hailed his methodology and unique results, calling him “the maverick predictor who beat us all.” Since then he has polled for a “who’s who” list of clients, including Reuters, MSNBC, Fox News and many others, and has distinguished himself internationally with polling work in Canada, Mexico, Israel and Iran.