Commencement to Take Place on May 20 | St. Lawrence University

Commencement to Take Place on May 20

St. Lawrence University’s Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, on Creasy Commencement Common, or in Appleton Arena in the event of inclement weather.

Students, faculty, staff and guests will hear remarks from honorary degree recipients Haruyoshi “Yoshi” Udagawa ’74, faculty emeritus at the Toyo University, and Melanie Smeallie Mbuyi ’77, Operations Officer for East Asia Pacific Region Finance and Markets Global Practice at the World Bank. North Country Public Radio, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, will receive the 2018 North Country Citation.

Haruyoshi Udagawa ’74

Haruyoshi “Yoshi” Udagawa is being honored for his leadership in international education, having taught at Toyo University in Tokyo from 1977 to 2014. Prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in English from St. Lawrence University in 1974, he received his bachelor’s in English and American Literature in 1967 and a master’s in English Literature in 1970 from Toyo University. He served as a lecturer, associate professor and then professor at Toyo, establishing the Department of English Communication in the Faculty of Literature in 2000.

Udagawa was director of events for Promoting the Internationalization of Toyo University to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the University. He also served as director and board member of the International Center of Toyo University and director of the graduate course of English Communication. Other accomplishments include establishing the English Language Study Abroad Program at Oregon State University in 1983 and the Exchange Students Program with Dublin City University in 1990 and Oregon State University in 1994. 

Udagawa lives in Tokyo, Japan.  

Melanie Smeallie Mbuyi ’77

Melanie Smeallie Mbuyi, an operations officer, has worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., since 1991 and has been in her current role since December 2016. After many years with the Africa Finance and Markets Department, she is now with the East Asia Pacific team. Prior to joining the World Bank, she spent five years as a volunteer and staff member for the U.S. Peace Corps in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) followed by five years with the U.S. Department of State as the Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, DRC.

Smeallie Mbuyi has long been involved with the National Christ Child Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to service to children in need. She also serves on the Board of The Community Building Group in Washington, D.C., volunteering her time to help raise awareness for their Give Water Give Life program in West Africa.

Smeallie Mbuyi has been involved with the SLU Connect DC program since its inception in 2014, volunteering as a host and presenter. She also has assisted students in securing internships with the World Bank.

North Country Public Radio

North Country Public Radio, based in Canton, New York, has defined a unique regional identity through its coverage of the Adirondack North Country, western Vermont, and southeastern Ontario over the last 50 years. On March 7, 1968, the station went live as WSLU from Payson Hall at St. Lawrence University. The public radio station has grown from a single transmitter to a regional operation of 34 transmitters and an award-winning staff of reporters and programmers who provide local, national, and international news, music, and other critical programming both on air and online. St. Lawrence University takes great pride as license holder of North Country Public Radio.

Through every channel, North Country Public Radio has exhibited a commitment to informing and engaging the community and bringing the stories of the North Country to a wider audience through excellence in radio journalism and programming. The station’s commitment to its listeners is reciprocated by community devotion to operations.

NCPR broadcasts from St. Lawrence University, which holds the license to the National Public Radio affiliate.