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College grads getting advice from variety of speakers

A lawyer, a biochemist, an author and a neurosurgeon, as well as the state’s lieutenant governor and her immediate predecessor, will be among the speakers addressing thousands of students during commencement ceremonies on area campuses this week and next.

The ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday with Dr. Myron Glick, founder and chief medical officer of Jericho Road Community Health Center, delivering the commencement address for Trocaire College. The ceremony will be in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

Here’s a summary of other undergraduate commencement events and speakers:

• Medaille College – 7 p.m. Friday in Kleinhans Music Hall, featuring Matthew Enstice, president and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

• Jamestown Community College – 7 p.m. Friday, for JCC’s Cattaraugus County campus, in the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne Street, Olean; and 10 a.m. Saturday, for the Jamestown campus, in the Physical Education Complex in Jamestown. Carol S. Johnson, nursing advocate, philanthropist, health care administrator and 1966 JCC alumna, will give the talks.

• D’Youville College – 9 a.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall, with Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins, president and CEO of the Jacobs Institute, which is dedicated to improving treatment of vascular disease.

• Alfred University – 10 a.m. Saturday in the Galanis Family Arena at the McLane Center on the Alfred campus, featuring Houston criminal defense attorney and 1971 Alfred alumnus Stanley G. Schneider, who has represented death-row inmates in landmark cases.

• Canisius College – 10 a.m. Saturday in Koessler Athletic Center, at Main Street and Delavan Avenue, with 1972 Canisius alumna Catherine M. Burzik, a leader in the life sciences industry and former CEO of Kinetic Concepts.

• Niagara County Community College – 10 a.m. Saturday in the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, with Lockport native Joyce Carol Oates, an award-winning author and Princeton University professor.

• State University of New York at Fredonia – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse on campus, with Dunkirk native and 1971 Fredonia alumnus James D. Douglas, director of human resources at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

• SUNY Geneseo – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday in Ira S. Wilson Arena on campus, with Robert J. Duffy, president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance and former New York lieutenant governor.

• SUNY Buffalo State – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, with 1995 alumna and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte speaking in the first session and Buffalo State College Council member and 1971 alumnus James Brandys in the second. Both sessions will be in the Buffalo State College Sports Arena.

• Niagara University – 10 a.m. Saturday for the College of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the College of Business Administration in the Upper Level Gallagher Center, with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist David Leonhardt; and 3 p.m. for the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education, Upper Level Gallagher Center, with Margaret Brennan, correspondent for CBS News based in Washington, D.C., covering the U.S. State Department.

• Hilbert College – 1 p.m. Saturday in the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, with New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a former congresswoman and executive at M&T Bank.

• Daemen College – 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall, featuring John K. Castle, chairman and chief executive officer of Castle Harlan Inc., a private merchant bank with more than 42,000 employees.

• University at Buffalo – 10 a.m. Sunday in Alumni Arena on UB’s North Campus, with brief remarks by UB President Satish K. Tripathi and student speaker Abigail LaPlaca.

• SUNY Alfred State – noon Sunday in Pioneer Stadium on campus, with James Gregory Ferry, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Pennsylvania State University, who received an associate of applied science degree in agronomy from Alfred State.

• Genesee Community College – 1 p.m. Sunday in Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium on the Batavia campus, with Kristin Skarie, blogger and founder and president of Teamworks, a leadership consulting firm in Rochester.

• Villa Maria College – 1 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the campus’ Main Building, with Sister Mary Raymond Kasprzak, former minister general of the Felician Sisters.

• Erie Community College – 7 p.m. May 20 in the SUNY Buffalo State Sports Arena, with U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

Houghton College in Allegany County held its commencement ceremony Saturday , with Andy Crouch, author and editor of Christianity Today, as keynote speaker.