Utica University ceremony Thursday

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UTICA — Utica University will honor 550 graduates with undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 12, at 5 p.m. in the Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium, according to an announcement by university officials.

Justice Janet Malone, a 1986 graduate of Utica University, will be the keynote speaker.

Justice Malone is the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in the Ninth Judicial District of New York, the announcement said.

Utica will honor two valedictorians this year Carissa Jade Andrews and Anna N. Jordan have both earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Andrews, a Rome native and graduate of Notre Dame Junior-Senior High School, will pursue a master’s degree in special education at Utica.

Jordan, a native of Candor, N.Y., who was home-schooled, will work toward her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Utica.

Two bachelor’s degrees will be awarded posthumously; one to Alyssa Cheyenne Parrino, psychology-child life, and one to John Paul Ramel, construction management.

In addition, Utica University will join a contingent of higher education institutions in conferring an honorary degree upon Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine.

For more information regarding commencement and COVID-19 updates, visit https://www.utica.edu/commencement, or contact the Commencement Committee at commencement@utica.edu.

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