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May 15, 2013

Business grad to speak at PSU commencement

PLATTSBURGH —  A senior graduating with four majors and one minor will serve as the speaker when SUNY Plattsburgh hosts its annual spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 18.

Graduation will be held in two shifts, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the college’s Field House on Rugar Street.


Accounting, finance, business and hotel, restaurant and tourism major and economics minor Emma Puglisi will apply the language of the business field when she takes the stage and discusses the value of an education in both personal and financial terms.

She will speak at both the morning ceremony, honoring the graduates in education, health and human services and the School of Business and Economics, and the afternoon ceremony, honoring arts and science graduates.

Puglisi, who is graduating magna cum laude, has served as a tutor; an admissions ambassador; a teaching assistant; president of the Honors Student Association; president and treasurer of Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society; a member of the Executive Honors Council and Beta Sigma Gamma, the international business honor society; and as an advocate for accounting majors on both the advisory committee to the dean of the School of Business and Economics and the Strategic Planning Committee for the assessment of the SBE — and is still managing to graduate in four years.

She held an internship last summer with Accounting Solutions of New York Inc. in which she played the role of interim finance manager, performing bookkeeping and audit preparation for charter schools and nonprofits.

This led to a job offer, which she has accepted. Starting this summer, she will serve as a junior consultant with the company.


Both ceremonies will also recognize two Distinguished Service Award Winners: Cheryl Hogle and William Laundry.

Cheryl Hogle earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1968 and her graduate degree in college and agency counseling four years later. During that time, she served the college as a resident assistant and residence hall director. In 1967, she became the first woman to serve as president of the Student Association.

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