Local television coverage of SUNY Fredonia Commencement Saturday

Local television coverage of Commencement 2013 at the State University of New York at Fredonia will begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday with coverage of both ceremonies in the Steele Hall arena combining undergraduate and master’s degree and advanced certificate graduates.

Viewers can watch the broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channels 5 and 17 in Fredonia, Cassadaga, Brocton and Stockton, and Channel 19 in Dunkirk, Silver Creek, Forestville and Hanover.

SUNY Fredonia will also have live streaming video of the Commencement ceremonies.

There will be a link to connect from the university’s home page at

The keynote speaker for both Commencement ceremonies is U.S. Congress-man Brian Higgins.

Senior Class President Meagan Allers will speak at both ceremonies and the Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Founda-tion will be awarded to Lauren E. Smith of Hamburg during the morning ceremony. Smith is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences, summa cum laude.

College Council Chair Frank Pagano will offer greetings at both ceremonies.

Music groups performing include the Fredonia Con-cert Band under the direction of Carl Mazzio, the Fredonia Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Paula Holcomb, and the Fredonia Women’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Barbara Brinson. Lindsay A. Gunn, who will graduate with a bachelor of music degree with a major in music education, and is graduating summa cum laude, will sing the national anthem at both ceremonies.