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Carolyn Barshak sports a happy face on the back of her cap during State University College at Oneonta graduation ceremonies Saturday.
The heat hadn't wilted the red roses he held for her or his apparent enthusiasm for graduation day. Melissa Oliviero studied accounting at SUCO and she won a partial scholarship to Hofstra University School of Law, said Oliviero, who stood near his wife, Patti.
"We're just so proud of her," said Oliviero of Long Island. "It's wonderful."
About 1,200 students graduated Saturday during SUCO's 109th commencement. Administrators welcomed all for the final farewell ceremony and the start of after-college life and their announcements were peppered by students' applause.
"I did it," yelled one student to no one in particular.
Balloons bobbed, and a few escaped spectators' hands. Bouquets and hugs were everywhere. Some umbrellas popped open and many commencement programs became impromptu hats as hundreds of friends and relatives sought refuge from the sun's rays.
"Ladies and gentlemen what a spectacular day," said college President Alan B. Donovan. "The spirit is upon us for commencement 1998."
Donovan urged students to figuratively turn their diplomas over and make a long list for the future that includes love, tolerance and continued learning whether in graduate school, at work or with others.
"Be a lifelong learner," Donovan said. "Care for those who love you and love those who care for you."
Larry D. Preston, vice chairman of the SUCO College Council, congratulated graduates on their success and told them their experiences will enhance communities as it did the college.
"You can make a difference wherever you go," Preston said.
Class of 1998 president Eric F. Goldstein encouraged fellow graduates to step out onto the "road of uncertainty" and to take on responsibilities with a sense of humanity and a reminder that life is what they make it.
Marian F. Young, a 1976 SUCO graduate who received an honorary Doctor of Science degree Saturday, told the graduating class that keeping an open mind attuned to new information is the way to capitalize on situations that don't turn out as expected.
Young, chief of the Bone Research Branch of the Molecular Biology Program at the National Institute of Dental Research, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., said she spoke from her experience as a scientific researcher.
Graduates said they were excited to have reached the diploma stage of a college education.
"This is a long-awaited day," said Dan Parker of Oneonta. Parker, who studied accounting, said he was happy with the education and the self-respect he found at SUCO.
"This is a darn good school," he said.
Debra Ascher, a dietetics major from Long Island, agreed.
"I had a good education. I had great teachers, great support from my teachers," said Ascher, adding that she is excited about finding a job.
Seth Millman finished his degree in December but returned from New Jersey for Saturday's ceremony and to graduate with friends.
Millman, who majored in business economics, said he liked his auditing work at Morgan Stanley. He has already discovered that the working world is a lot different from college life, he said as he waited in line for the procession to begin. His advice to other graduates was to get to work on time.
"Try not to take it like a joke, not like classes," he said.
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