Purchase College is expected to award approximately 1032 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees at its commencement, set for Friday on the college’s west lawn, adjacent to its Performing Arts Center.
An honorary degree will be conferred on actor Philip Bosco (shown), who has appeared in 49 films, headlined Broadway plays, appeared on the Law and Order television series, FX’s Damages and American Playhouse presentations. The President’s Award for Distinguished Alumni will be presented to New York Times journalist Michael Powell and Martha Graham dancer Terese Capucilli. The Senior Speaker (Valedictorian) is Alexander Atkins, of Vashon Island, Wash., a film student whose award winning film Unearthed is being shown at several national film festivals.
The ceremony will be Webcast for those unable to attend at http://www.purchase.edu/live, and also will also be broadcast to several lecture halls on campus in the case of overflow crowds.