In addition, here is some information about Commencement that may be helpful in your coverage:
* A total of 584 degrees will be awarded at today's ceremony. There are 561 candidates for bachelor's degrees (362 Bachelor of Arts and 199 Bachelor of Science) and 23 candidates for master's degrees.
* The five most popular majors this year are, in descending order:
In 2011, the top five in descending order were psychology, economics, English, government and biology.
* The senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average over four full years of study at St. Lawrence is Erin Rose Siracusa, of Springwater, NY; her GPA is 4.0 (out of a possible 4.0).
* It is a tradition at St. Lawrence for graduates to have the option of receiving their degree from family members associated with the University. Several of today's candidates will receive degrees from relatives:
- Leah Rolfsen, assistant professor of sociology, to her husband, Patrick McManus (master's degree)
- Nick Ormasen, manager of office services, to his wife, Amber Ormasen (master's degree)
- John Barthelme, emeritus associate professor of anthropology, and Susan Cypert, retired associate vice president of human resources, to their daughter, Mary Barthelme
- Randy Beaulieu, facilities operations staff, to his daughter, Brooke Beaulieu
- Deborah Bishop, administrative secretary in the First-Year Program, to her daughter, Whitney Bishop
- Larry French, professor of chemistry, to his son, Colin French
- Lori Locke, library assistant, to her daughter, Jillian Locke
- Duncan Melville, professor of mathematics, to his son, James Melville
- Bill Short, director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program, to his daughter, Samantha Short
Immediately following the ceremony, three members of the Class of 2012 will be commissioned as officers in the United States Army, through their participation in the ROTC program at Clarkson. They are:
- Krystal Cummings, of Bow, NH, commissioned as Second Lieutenant, Signal Corps, Fort Bliss, Texas.
- William Snyder, of Copenhagen, NY, commissioned as Second Lieutenant, Quartermaster Corps, Fort Drum, New York.
- Timothy Swartz, of Cape Vincent, NY, commissioned as Second Lieutenant Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army Reserves, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
May 20, 2012