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NYS Lieutenant Governor Duffy Speaks at 2012 Commencement, May 12

  • Published: April 12, 2012

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Media: Julie Long (585) 389-2456 or Alicia Nestle (585) 389-2457

NYS Lieutenant Governor Duffy Speaks at 2012 Commencement, May 12


Nazareth College will celebrate its 85th annual Commencement at the Blue Cross Arena in a joint ceremony with both undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees on Saturday, May 12. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and former Rochester mayor and current New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy will deliver the address to the Class of 2012 graduates. Nazareth has 570 undergraduate students and 451 graduate students earning diplomas, including those students with a doctorate in physical therapy.  For more information, please call Julie Long at cell (585) 389-2456 or Alicia Nestle at cell (585) 389-2457.

This year’s graduating class consists of four of Nazareth’s five Fulbright scholars for 2012:

Liam Connolly of Stratham, N.H., a history and philosophy double major, who will teach English in South Korea; Julie Saltrelli of Rochester, N.Y., a student in the master of arts in liberal studies program at Nazareth College, will act as a language-learning assistant at an English teacher training college in Argentina; Maria Seewaldt of Warsaw, N.Y., a German and inclusive adolescent education double major, will teach English in Germany; and Jessica Tett of Livonia, N.Y., a Spanish and adolescent education double major, will teach English in Colombia. In the last five years, there have been 16 Fulbrights awarded to Nazareth College students.

Robert J. Duffy was elected New York State Lieutenant Governor in November 2010 after he and running mate Andrew Cuomo ran a successful campaign to lead New York State. Duffy had been mayor of Rochester, NY since January 1, 2006. His time as Mayor was marked by boundless energy, an immeasurable faith in the city’s potential and a commitment to transforming Rochester into “One City” where all citizens benefit from the vast wealth of its resources.

As the City’s chief executive, Duffy navigated the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression by reducing the cost of government, yet improving services. Under his stewardship, the value of property in Rochester has risen, while the tax rate has declined. He reduced the city workforce to its lowest level since the Truman administration, while attracting millions of dollars in private-sector investments.


Born in Rochester’s Tenth Ward, Duffy graduated from the Aquinas Institute, Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology. After joining the Rochester Police Department in 1976, he worked nights to earn a Master’s degree from Syracuse University. He became Deputy Chief of Police in 1992 and Rochester’s Chief of Police in 1998.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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