GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo students walked the stage for the first time in two years, going back to in-person ceremonies last Saturday.
Graduating seniors – more than 1,000 were conferred degrees in a pair of ceremonies – lingered around campus over the weekend to take photos wearing their cap and gowns, celebrating their graduation with their friends and family.
Maxcine Finley from the Bronx graduated with a sociomedical studies bachelor of the arts and a minor in anthropology. She plans on taking a gap year before going on to medical school.
Finley said that although she didn’t want to go to Geneseo initially she is glad she did.
“I don’t regret it, I’ve met great people, had amazing experiences. I’ve honestly changed since I was freshman. This school has opened my eyes to a lot of things and I am just grateful to have these friends, ”said Finley.
Finley was part of the Access Opportunity Program on campus and felt that she made some of her favorite memories and closest friends through AOP.
One of the people Finley met through AOP is Victoria Descorbeth, who graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration.
Descorbeth of Long Island reminisced about her time at SUNY Geneseo, mentioning how impactful the little things ended up being to her, from working in the AOP office and the laughs she shared there to walking around with her friends on campus.
“It’s the small moments you don’t always remember,” she said that meant the most to her.
Descorbeth joked about how her other favorite memory was passing her quantitative methods class because without it she wouldn’t have been able to graduate.
After college, Descorbeth is moving back home and is going to be a C4 ambassador.
Maegan White of Hunt graduated with a bachelor of science in education, majoring in childhood education with special education and minoring in women and gender studies.
White has been at SUNY Geneseo for two years having transferred from Genesee Community College.
“Knowing that I was going for my teaching degree was really exciting, because before I was working towards going to Geneseo,” White said.
White was nervous about making friends as a commuter but luckily met one of her closest friends at orientation, Megan Ange.
They have stuck together ever since and have taken many classes together throughout their time at SUNY Geneseo. They both majored in childhood education with special education alongside their friend Katelyn Haefele.
“It was really nice having that friendship with people who have something in common with you, especially with being a commuter,” White said.
White plans on taking a gap year and working. She wants to figure out what to specialize in for her master’s certification.