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February 24, 2006

Third Annual Winter Commencement at Farmingdale State

On Friday, January 20, Farmingdale State University of New York celebrated its third annual Winter Commencement ceremony. WIth more than 400 eligible degree candidates, the ceremony had to be moved into the Roosevelt Hall Multipurpose Room to accommodate graduates and their families.

One of the outstanding and inspiring students to graduate was Patricia Grella who was elected by her classmates to be student speaker at the ceremony. Patricia, a 72 year old high school dropout, came from Scotland to the United States in 1955. Three years ago, Grella retired from work and started studying for her GED. Upon completion, she began work on her Associate degree at Farmingdale State. She graduated with an A. A degree in Liberal Arts and she is continuing her studies to earn a B.S in Professional Communications.

Angela Palmer was another graduate with an extraordinary and inspirational story. She earned her Associate in Science degree in nursing during her time of active duty, as she is a reservist in the Army and served as a combat medic in the first year of the Iraq war. Only through Angela's perseverance and the nursing department's flexibility was Palmer able to complete her degree requirements. Angela has served in the Army for 13 years and is awaiting her next tour of duty. She has been selected to be part of a U.S. delegation to Australia representing the U.S. Military.

These women are two of the many exceptional students to graduate. Farmingdale State is proud of all of the graduates and their accomplishments.