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Commencement Speakers and Awards Details

Posted: April 23, 2018 — FM’s Annual Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady.  There are 407 candidates for graduation.  Graduates will be led by the Schenectady Pipe Band, an annual tradition of the College’s commencement ceremony.

Philip Morris

Philip Morris

This year’s commencement speaker will be Philip Morris.  Mr. Morris is the CEO of Proctors, the performing arts center of the Capital District located in Schenectady and TheRep, the region’s only professional producing theater located in downtown Albany. Over the past 12 years Proctors has raised and invested nearly 50 million dollars to expand its stage, add a flexible use 430 seat theater (the GE), expand public spaces, create conference facilities and build a central heating and chilling plant that supplies 12 neighbor buildings and businesses with utilities and heats a snowmelt system under the sidewalks around Proctors’ block, saving users and substantially reducing the carbon footprint of the buildings involved.

Proctors has been at the center of downtown Schenectady’s redevelopment and is now open nearly every day of the year with music, theater, dance, films, conventions and meetings, community activities and major Broadway. The Education program of Proctors and TheRep touch over 75,000 young people a year with programs in schools, in the theaters and in a robust Summer school. With a vision of impacting the region’s education, economic development and civic engagement, Proctors and TheRep are at the cutting edge of the intersection of the arts and public life.

My Grumbling

My Grumbling

Graduate My Grumbling, an international student from Vietnam and a current resident of Amsterdam, NY, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2018. During her time at FM, Ms. Grumbling served as a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, the Spectrum Club, the Student Art Guild, and as President of the Students of the World Club.  She has consistently earned a spot on FM’s Dean’s List and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (the world’s largest and most prestigious international honor society for two-year college students).

Ms. Grumbling is actively involved with community efforts as she painted a mural at a local Amsterdam park for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation; she participated in a Highway Cleanup; she helped fundraise for the victims of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake; and, she participated in the Awareness Campaign for LOVE146 – an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention.

A graduate of FM’s Fine Arts program, Ms. Grumbling completed an internship at Case Supply Kitchen and Bath Design and worked as the Stage Manager and Designer for the FM Theater production of “A Civil War Christmas.”

Lou Fagan

Lou Fagan

Also included in the evening’s program will be the recognition of SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipient Lou Fagan, Assistant Professor of English.  Professor Fagan has taught Introduction to Writing, English I and II, Speech, Modern Novel, Creative Writing, and Media Writing.  He is a member of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), New York College Learning Skills Association (NYCLSA), and AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs).  Professor Fagan has served as an academic advisor to students and faculty advisor to the FM Film Club.  He has been a member of numerous committees on campus, including the Student Life Committee, the College’s Barto Lecture Series Committee, Curriculum Committee, and FACE (Fulmont Association of College Educators) Scholarship Committee.  Self-published, his two novels include New Boots and Angelo.  His short story, “Slit,” recently appeared in Weber—The Contemporary West, and a second short story, “Fly on Freddy,” will be included in an upcoming issue of Typehouse magazine. An alumnus of FM, Professor Fagan earned a B.S. in English from SUNY Oneonta, where he graduated magna cum laude with Honors in English; a M.A. in English from SUNY New Paltz; and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

On Thursday, May 17, FM will host its Annual Awards Ceremony where academically distinguished students will be receiving one or more of 85 scholarship awards. The ceremony will take place in the College Theater, 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown, at 7:00 p.m.

Both FM’s Commencement and Awards Ceremony are free and open to the public. For further details regarding one or both of these events, contact the Student Affairs Office at (518) 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8101.

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