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SUNY Plattsburgh Holds Winter Commencement

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ More than 400 students at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh were eligible to receive their diplomas during the Winter 2004 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Esther Robinson Esther Robinson, an elementary education major and Spanish minor from the Commonwealth of Dominica, was the student speaker during commencement.

"What an honor to be able to share this moment with you," Robinson told her fellow classmates during her commencement address. "Three years ago when I dreamt of obtaining this degree, this moment of victory was hidden in the shadows of the future.

"How good it is to be able to harness the support of those who encourage our dreaming and achieving...and I'm speaking of our professors, our school administrators, parents, family, good friends, study-group members, the entire support system that sustains us. Indeed, how good it is to be able to savor the sweet taste of success," said Robinson, who graduated summa cum laude. "I know I am echoing the most present secret of your hearts for today we all wear the glow of triumph. Plattsburgh has been an awesome experience."

She concluded her speech by telling the SUNY Plattsburgh Class of 2004 to be passionate.

"Let me encourage you to be passionate. Be passionate about life, and live well. Be passionate about each moment, and bring an instant to fruition. Savor the present, then move on. As people of passion, let this not be the completion of your book of life, but simply the first chapter of success."

President John Ettling Dr. John Ettling presided over his first commencement ceremony as the 10th president of SUNY Plattsburgh.

Dr. Charles I. Zinser, professor of geography, served as the faculty marshal and led the processional of faculty and students into the ceremony, carrying the College mace.
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