2003-03-15 / Community

Student Serves On Commencement Committee

Latoya Leatrice Lawrence of Rockaway, NY, a senior majoring in child and family studies in the College of Human Services and Health Professions at Syracuse University, served as a member of the University’s Commencement Speaker Selection Committee.

As a result of the work performed by this committee, The Honorable William J. Clinton, forty-second President of the United States, will address the 2003 graduates of Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry during joint Commencement exercises Sunday, May 11, in the University’s Carrier Dome.

The process of nominating Commencement speakers at Syracuse University is handled by the student committee made up of the senior class marshals, the student marshals from the University’s 11 schools and colleges, and the three undergraduate and graduate student representatives to the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.

The speaker selection process begins in the fall as members of the University community are invited to suggest potential speakers. The selection committee then meets to review all potential speakers. The committee makes specific recommendations to Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, who makes the final selection of the commencement speaker based on availability, affordability and appropriateness to the occasion.

Lawrence served on this committee because she is one of two college marshals for the College for Human Services and Health Professions this year. College marshals are selected annually by each of Syracuse University’s 11 schools and colleges on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in student organizations, and campus and community service. College marshals have the honor of leading the procession of graduates from his or her school or college into the commencement ceremony.

Officially chartered in 1870 as a private, coeducational institution of higher education, Syracuse University is a leading student-centered research university. Syracuse’s 11 schools and colleges share a common mission: to promote learning through teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and service while embracing the core values of quality, caring, diversity, innovation and service. The 680-acre campus is home to more than 18,000 full- and part-time undergraduates and graduate students from all 50 states and 90 countries.

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