Two graduating students will be the featured speakers at the 2009 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, as Cayuga Community College awards some 535 associate degrees.
A student at Cayuga's Auburn campus, Weston Eldred is a 2009 recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest recognition given to students by the State University of New York. A resident of Sennett and graduate of Skaneateles High School, Wes is receiving the Associate in Science degree in Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science, with a concentration in chemistry. A Dean's List student, peer tutor, and member of the Phi Theta Kappa international honorary society while at Cayuga, he will enroll this fall at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as a Bioprocess/Chemical Engineering major. Eldred plans to complete a master's degree and go on to a career in renewable energy technology.
A student at Cayuga's Fulton campus, Scott McManus lives in Parish and graduated from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School. He is receiving the Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Sciences. A Dean's List student at Cayuga, McManus has served as Fulton campus liaison to the Student Government Organization, secretary of the Faculty-Student Association, and president of the Omicron Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honorary society of two-year colleges. Next year, he will transfer to Cornell University to pursue dual majors in economics and governance, as preparation for a law degree and a career in corporate law.