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Spotlight Shines on Class of 2013

Keuka College’s Class of 2013 will receive degrees at the College’s 105th commencement Sunday, May 26.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. on the Norton Chapel lawn.

Esther Yoder, a 1960 Keuka College graduate and former chair of the Board of Trustees, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Esther Yoder

Yoder, owner of Subway EAY Stores Inc. in Gainesville, Fla., was a member of Keuka’s governing board for the better part of the last 20 years, serving as chair in 2006-07 and vice chair from 2001 to 2006. She is now an emeritus member of the Board.

She chaired the Shaping the Future: One Graduate at a Time campaign, the most prolific fundraising campaign in Keuka history. She is one of only six people in Keuka history to receive the Norton-Blyley Presidential Medallion, which recognizes service to the College “above and beyond an extraordinary high standard,” and is a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service to Keuka Award.

Other commencement highlights include talks by Class of 2013 members Reis Cunningham and Martha Walker, and the presentation of the Professor of the Year Award.

In addition, six students from the DRIVE (Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential learning) program will receive an Award of Higher Education.

In the program, Keuka College students serve as peer mentors to young adults with intellectual disabilities as they assimilate into the college environment and explore their personal goals.

DRIVE is a collaboration between Keuka College, Penn Yan Central School District, and Yates County ARC.

Commencement day activities will kick off with the baccalaureate service at 9:30 a.m. in Norton Chapel. Sophia Veffer, past president of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo Board of Directors and current executive board member, will deliver the address.

One Response to Spotlight Shines on Class of 2013

  1. Mr.& Mrs.Jay and Patricia Reichanbach says:

    Congratulations and best wishes to our grandson Travis J. Simmons and fellow students of the Class of 2013.
    May everyone of you find your place in the world that you have studied and worked so hard for.
    Strive for Peace Love and Harmony, and may all dreams come true.

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