Two members of the graduating class will be the featured speakers at the 2010 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23, as Cayuga Community College awards more than 500 associate degrees. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Spartan Hall on Cayuga's Auburn campus.
Both speakers are recipients of the 2010 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest recognition given to students by the State University of New York. Both have been Dean's List students, members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and presidents of their campus PTK chapters. Both have worked as peer tutors for Cayuga's Academic Support Center.
Ronald "Bill" Flesher of Liverpool attended the Fulton campus and earned the Associate in Science degree in Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science. Kelly Schafer of Auburn attended the Auburn campus and earned the Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Sciences. While completing a concentration in psychology, she assisted in two psychology courses as a student intern.
Schafer, a 2008 graduate of Auburn High School, served as president of the Tutor Club and helped coordinate the club's highly successful Prom Dress Project, soliciting donations of gently-used gowns to sell at low cost to local high school students, with proceeds donated to Haiti earthquake relief and area food banks. She plans to complete her bachelor's and master's degrees and pursue a career in the field of psychology.
Flesher, a native of West Virginia, came to Cayuga after a 24-year career in navigation, recruiting and training for the United States Navy. He has been stationed across the United States and has served around the world, including five deployments to the Persian Gulf and missions in the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean Sea. Among other medals, Flesher was awarded a Navy Achievement medal for his training of more than 30,000 recruits. He plans to pursue a degree and a new career in radiography.