Graduates 2022 congratulatory bump

May 20–22, 2022

Our traditional, in-person celebration returns! Three wonderful days on the Old Main Quad, honoring undergraduate and graduate students who have completed the hard work of earning a college degree.

Friday, May 20: Graduate Commencement Ceremony 

Saturday, May 21: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences graduates 

Sunday, May 22: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for graduates from the Schools of Business, Education, Fine & Performing Arts, and Science & Engineering 

“It has been my pleasure and honor to lead this College through good and challenging times. I have especially enjoyed and valued Commencement ceremonies where we recognize and celebrate student achievement. This takes on special meaning during these last two years that included remote learning and a very different kind of academic experience. We applaud your ability to overcome the adversity that coronavirus caused in your educational and personal lives. I know that your willingness and success in adapting quickly to a changing environment will serve you well in your life and livelihood.”

President Donald P. Christian, presiding over Commencement exercises for the last time before his July 2022 retirement 

Martin Benesh '22 Valedictorian

Sunday Student Address

Mackenzy McMorris ’22 Saturday Student Speaker

Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Recipient
Saturday Student Address

Ed Carroll ’85

Honorary Degree Recipient
Saturday Commencement Address

Everton H. Henriques '78 '83g

Honorary Degree Recipient
Sunday Commencement Address

“The next few months are sure to hold a whole new set of obstacles to overcome, people to meet, and places to go. But today, we have an amazing opportunity to sit in the weight of our accomplishments. I urge you to take a moment to feel the wind blow, give your mom a hug, enjoy the incredible view of the Catskills, and just be present.”

Martin Benesh ’22 (Theatre Arts), Valedictorian, Sunday Student Address 

Convocation 2022

We celebrated you 

when you first arrived at New Paltz for Convocation, and now we celebrate all you've accomplished during your time here!

“It is a great honor to be addressing this graduating class because you have overcome so many obstacles to get here. And that has caused you to develop qualities you may not even be aware of: flexibility, resourcefulness, maturity, empathy. As you go forward, may you keep that resiliency, keep your sense of humor, find ways to work with people, listen, compromise, and make the world a slightly better place.”

Ed Carroll ’85, (Communication and Media) Honorary Degree Recipient, Saturday Commencement Address

Mace and Chain Polishing

A tradition linking Commencement ceremonies across the generations: The Mace and Chain of Office, created in 1981 by the late Emeritus Professor Kurt J. Matzdorf, an internationally renowned metalsmith, lend pomp and circumstance to our ceremonies and symbolize the enlightenment to be gained from higher education. 

“If you’re a first-generation student, if you’ve broken barriers and defied the odds against you, if you’ve made countless sacrifices to earn your respective degree, I’m extra proud of you. The spirit of our Orange and Blue has prepared you to advance forward. Cherish your memories, as there will be millions more to make!”

Mackenzy McMorris ’22 (Finance; Black Studies), Saturday Student Address

Athletics 2022 Championships

Excellence on the field and in the classroom: Men’s Lacrosse Inaugural Home Game (2020) | Women’s Basketball wins 2022 SUNYAC Championship | Men’s Volleyball wins 2019 NCAA Division 3 Championship | Field Hockey wins 2022 SUNYAC Championship | Women’s Tennis wins 2019 SUNYAC Championship

An assortment of images from the Senior Toast 2022

“Do not be afraid of adversity, because its bitterness helps to sweeten the taste of success. Be thoughtful, considerate and kind, because you never know the positive impact a simple act of kindness may have. Find yourself a mentor, and while you’re at it, become a mentor as well. And be grateful: Don’t hesitate to thank your parents, loved ones, and others who touched your lives.”

Everton H. Henriques ’78 ’83g (Chemistry), Honorary Degree Recipient, Sunday Commencement Address


Student looking artwork at the BFA Thesis Show in The Dorsky

Celebrating our graduates’ creative activity, research, capstone projects, honor society inductions and major awards

Commencement Postcard

“Everyone here—your families and friends, your professors and staff members of the SUNY New Paltz community—is vital to your success, and we are here to celebrate your accomplishments and send you off on the next step of your journey!”

Dr. Lily McNair, Emerita President of Tuskegee University, Saturday Commencement Address (McNair was unable to attend in person as originally planned)


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