Higgins to be Fredonia commencement speaker

U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins will be the featured speaker at SUNY Fredonia’s 2013 Commencement, slated for Saturday, May 18. Two ceremonies combining bachelors, master’s and advanced certificate graduates will be held at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the university’s Steele Hall arena.

Congressman Higgins is a fourth term member of the United States House of Representatives, serving citizens of New York’s 26th Congressional District, including portions of Erie and Niagara counties.

Until recently, Congressman Higgins’ district also encompassed Chautauqua County. In this role, he secured financial support for SUNY Fredonia’s Business Technology Incubator. Congressman Higgins has also been a champion of waterfront development in Buffalo and led the fight for a $279 million settlement from the New York Power Authority that is now financing a major transformation of Buffalo’s Inner and Outer Harbors.

Commencement will also be a family celebration honoring John H. Higgins, Congressman Higgins’ son, who is graduating from Fredonia during the morning ceremony with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Music Business.

SUNY Fredonia President Virginia S. Horvath noted, “It’s an honor for SUNY Fredonia to welcome Rep. Higgins as our Commencement speaker. He is an enthusiastic advocate for the people of Western New York, and his support of our campus and the Business Technology Incubator has been critical to our success. Because his son, John, is a member of this graduating class, Rep. Higgins has special insights for these graduates and their families.”