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Alfred University to award nearly 200 master’s degrees in AU-NY commencement ceremony

Alfred University | 6/06/19

Larry Casey
Larry Casey

Alfred University will award nearly 200 master’s degrees to students who earned them by attending classes on weekends in the New York Metro area during the school year and for two weeks on the Alfred University campus during the summer. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Kingsborough Community College.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University will award nearly 200 master’s degrees to students who earned them by attending classes on weekends in the New York Metro area during the school year and for two weeks on the Alfred University campus during the summer. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Kingsborough Community College.

Among those receiving degrees will be 148 candidates who have earned Master of Science degrees in counseling and five who will receive Master of Public Administration degrees. Others who earned their degrees in August or December 2018 have chosen to participate in the June commencement, bringing the total to 196 graduates who will be recognized, according to Larry Casey, Alfred University registrar.

Casey, who is retiring at the end of the month after 25 years as Alfred University registrar, will deliver the commencement address.

 “We chose Larry Casey to deliver the commencement address because he spearheaded the initiative to implement a web-based system that allows faculty and students to view information such as grades and progress toward their degree in real time,” said Alfred University President Mark Zupan. “Implementing that system gave Alfred University the capability to offer programs in the New York Metro area, Corning, and even other countries, as well as to offer on-line courses.

 “Since the University began to offer master’s degree programs in New York City Metro area 12 years ago, we have awarded more than 1,200 degrees,” said Zupan. “With this year’s class, our total alumni from the AU-NYC program is close to 1,500, all because people like Larry Casey and Jay Cerio, dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, had the vision and dedication to make it happen.”

Now, through its School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, also called AU-NY, Alfred University offers master’s degrees in counseling and public administration to students who attend classes in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and Oceanside, Long Island in partnership with the Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE).  The programs are considered to be a satellite of the counseling program offered on the main campus in Alfred. Alfred University is also offering undergraduate degree programs in Corning, NY, and plans to expand its offerings at that location in partnership with the Corning Community College.

Prior to coming to Alfred University, Casey was the director of records and registration for the Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, and had worked in records, admissions, and financial aid at Bellevue College in Omaha, NE.  He has also worked as a radio station news director, a disc jockey, and a television station announcer.