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Cazenovia College to conduct 187th Commencement May 12

Bruder, Titcomb, Riester to receive acknowledgments

— The close of Cazenovia College’s 2011–12 academic year will see more than 250 Cazenovia College seniors crossing the stage to receive their diplomas at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, on the campus quad.

Ronald Bruder, will address the graduates as the guest speaker. He was honored by TIME Magazine in 2011 as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. Bruder is an entrepreneur in diverse fields including real estate development, environmental remediation, medical technology, energy and travel.

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Cecily “Cecie” Johnson Titcomb

Cecily “Cecie” Johnson Titcomb, a 1968 Cazenovia College alumna, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Titcomb received her nursing assistant license in 1981, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Barry University, in 1991.

In 2004, she was ordained as an Episcopal deacon in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, and subsequently studied at Wadham College at Oxford University School of Religious Studies in Oxford, England.

She is currently assigned to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda by the Sea, in Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to pastoral duties, she oversees a program called “Crossing Boundaries, In our Community, In our Country, and in our World.”

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Dorothy Riester

Dorothy Winner Riester, the nationally known sculptor who has shared her love of art, passion for preservation, and commitment to the environment with the greater community for over a half century, will be given Cazenovia College’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

The Distinguished Service Award, established by the Cazenovia College Board of Trustees in 2007, is given annually at Commencement to recognize individuals who have ‘given back,’ and in so doing, have improved the quality of life for others. This year, on Saturday, May 12, the award will be presented to Riester by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Bradford G. Wheler.

Riester began her career as an artist at age five, when a drawing assignment she did in school was pronounced the best of all the drawings done by her class. She began private painting lessons at age 12, and attended William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. After hearing Gertrude Stein remark, "If you know what you want to do, then do it," she told her father she wanted to go to art school. At his request, she completed the liberal arts courses she would need to succeed, and then transferred to Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), receiving her degree in sculpture in 1939.

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