Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies celebrated the Class of 2022 on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Hendricks Chapel. Twelve students were individually recognized for completing a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree alongside 26 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree candidates who studied part-time at Syracuse through other schools and colleges on campus.

Dean Michael Frasciello began the night applauding the graduating class for their high achievements. Keynote speaker Siddhartha Bhattacharya, associate vice president of marketing and communications at Syracuse University, spoke about the wisdom adult learners bring to the classroom.  

Syracuse University Chancellor and President Kent Syverud was in attendance to hear student, Victoria Baratta, a U.S. Army veteran, speak about how she earned her degree while working full-time as one of the first Black female police officers in the Syracuse Police Department. Chancellor Syverud recounted Barrata’s story on Sunday at the Syracuse University 2022 Commencement at the stadium, earning Barrata a standing ovation from the crowd, as her degree marked the completion of a 20-year journey.

College of Professional Studies Service Awards

Service awards were presented to those who serve as academic pillars in the Syracuse University community.

Dean’s Excellence Award

Jonah Fugo
Online Success Advisor, College of Professional Studies

Staff Service Award

Daniel J. French
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Office of University Counsel

Faculty Excellence Award

Patrick J. Neary
Instructor, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program

Online Teaching Award

Susan M. Conklin
Instructor, Bachelor of Professional Studies Program