Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies celebrated the Class of 2024 on Thursday, May 9, at its 76th annual Convocation Ceremony. Eighty-three students, in total, were recognized for completing their program of study in 2024, representing eight schools and colleges within the University.

Judith Greenberg Seinfeld ’56

Keynote speaker Judith Greenberg Seinfeld ’56, a life trustee and head of Heritage Management Company, LLC, inspired students to explore the curiosities and wonders of life.

“We learn that every problem is an opportunity when we begin to seek and dig down and discover what we are made of,” Seinfeld said.

Leondra Tyler ’24

Graduating cum laude with dual degrees in neuroscience and psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Professional Studies through the part-time Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Leondra Tyler ’24 served as the student speaker and delivered a motivating message on the power of community. Although this marks the end of an academic chapter, Tyler said Syracuse will always feel like home. 

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Student Recognition

Recognition of the Alumni Scholar with the highest grade point average

James Edward Bennett

Maxamillian Crawford

Ryan Thomas Simmons

William Hayden Stewart

Sylvia Wyckoff Award

Recognition of outstanding achievement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Katherine Vincent

Alumni Scholars

Members of the Class of 2024 with the highest grade point averages

Jesus E Adkins

James Edward Bennett

Maxamillian Crawford

Lyneisha N Dickenson

Kelly Haley

Walter Ellis Hunt Jr

Jenny Ragan

John Carmen Rose

Ryan Thomas Simmons

William Hayden Stewart

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

Jacqueline Monsour

Assistant Director of the English Language Institute

Faculty Excellence Award

Emily Luther

Bachelor of Professional Studies Instructor