Fredonia Graduation To Air Saturday

FREDONIA — Local television coverage of Commencement 2018 at the State University at Fredonia will begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday with coverage of both ceremonies in the Steele Hall arena combining undergraduate and master’s degree and advanced certificate graduates.

Brocton, Cassadaga, Dunkirk, Forestville, Fredonia, Hanover, Silver Creek and Stockton viewers can watch the broadcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 1302.

Fredonia will also have live streaming video of the commencement ceremonies. There will be a link to connect from the university’s home page at

The keynote speaker for both commencement ceremonies is Fredonia alumnus Dr. Michael A. Marletta, professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology, holding the CH and Annie Li Chair in the Molecular Biology of Diseases, at the University of California at Berkeley. Marletta will also receive an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York, conferred by Virginia S. Horvath, SUNY Fredonia president, and J. Andy Karafa, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, during the afternoon ceremony.

Veronica Arce, senior class president, will speak at both ceremonies, and the Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation will be awarded to Nicholas Hlifka during the morning ceremony. Frank Pagano, College Council chair, will offer greetings at both ceremonies.

Music groups performing include the Commencement Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Paula Holcomb, the Commencement Wind Symphony, under the direction of Donna Dolson, and the Fredonia Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Vernon Huff. Graduating seniors Carolyn A. Mistretta will sing the national anthem at the morning ceremony, and Margaret Lannon Austin, at the afternoon ceremony.