SUNY Canton Celebrates Class of 2021 at In-Person Ceremony


SUNY Canton held a socially-distanced 113th Commencement Ceremony for the class of 2021 Saturday, May 15. 

Only graduates and college representatives were present at the event, which followed New York State guidelines on capacity, mask-wearing and COVID testing. The ceremony was live-streamed on the SUNY Canton website for families and friends to watch online.

Andrew Fitch holds up his cap that says,

Andrew P. Fitch a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate from Melbourne, Australia, shows off his custom mortarboard hat, which refers to his senior-level experiments with aerodynamics.

College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill, class of 1963, addressed the class of 2021 by video message. He encouraged them to stay connected with one another and to the college. 

“As alumni, you will create new memories at reunions and homecomings,” O’Neill said.“There is another chapter in your SUNY Canton story, and I hope to see you back on campus.”

Keegan Fawcett waits in line for the Commencement Ceremony to begin.

Keegan T. Fawcett, a Health and Fitness Promotion graduate from Gouverneur, waits in line for SUNY Canton Commencement to begin in the Roos House Ice Arena.

President Zvi Szafran told the graduates to use their knowledge to help their communities rebound after the pandemic. “As a SUNY Canton graduate, you have been taught to analyze and problem-solve. These skills won’t be helpful just to your career, but to society.”

Szafran included a special acknowledgement to the graduates who were essential employees, healthcare workers or volunteers during the past year.

Joshua Godbout gives two thumbs up after getting his portrait taken.

Joshua E. Godbout of Lisbon gives a double thumbs up after having his portrait taken at SUNY Canton’s Commencement ceremony, held May 15, 2021. Godbout is a Mechanical Engineering Technology major.

He then introduced two recipients of the outstanding graduate awards: Kaitlyn N. Trusty, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Blauvelt, and Justin Omaga, a Liberal Arts major from Winnipeg, Canada. Benjamin E. Muckey, a Law Enforcement Leadership major from Oswego, was recognized as the recipient of the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Kaitlyn Trusty speaks during the Commencement 2021 ceremony.

Kaitlyn N. Trusty, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major, was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate at the Baccalaureate Level and addressed her fellow graduates during SUNY Canton’s Commencement.

In the senior class address, Sidei Clouden, a Veterinary Technology major from Brooklyn, said it was an honor to serve as the Student Government Association President for the past year and urged her fellow graduates to reflect on their time at the college.“Take the memories and lessons learned along the way through your life,” Clouden said. “They will serve as a source of laughter and tools to maneuver through the struggles of adulting.”

Sidei Clouden gives a speech during the Commencement 2021 ceremony.

SUNY Canton Student Government Association President Sidei S. Clouden, a Veterinary Technology major from Brooklyn, addresses her class at SUNY Canton’s 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

The top three bachelor’s degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Health Care Management, Criminal Investigation and Management. The top three associate degrees awarded were Nursing, Veterinary Science Technology and Criminal Justice.

Sydney Uthe switches her tassel.

Sydney Uthe, a SUNY Canton Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership graduate from Rochester, switches her tassel from the right side of her hat to the left, signifying that she has completed her degree.

Additionally, graduates from the college’s one and two-year Nursing programs were recognized at special pinning ceremonies held earlier in the week.

Jacob Miller sings along to the Alma Mater.

Jacob Miller of Clifton Park sings along to the SUNY Canton Alma Mater at the conclusion of the college’s 113th Commencement Ceremony celebrating the graduating class of 2021.

A recording of the event, as well as a special commencement video, can be found on the 2021 Commencement webpage.

A student holds his diploma up in victory while faculty look on.

A student holds up his diploma in victory while faculty look on from the processional line.

About SUNY Canton

Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.