Congressman, Longtime Professor to Deliver Commencement Addresses
US Congressman John Faso ’74 and Associate Professor Faith Prather will address the Class of 2018.
SUNY Brockport Class of 2018 will hear from two speakers who are intimately familiar with the Brockport experience during its Commencement ceremonies — albeit from different perspectives.
John Faso ’74, who represents the 19th District of New York in the US House of Representatives, will return to his alma mater to deliver the undergraduate commencement addresses on May 12. Faso began his political career as a Brockport student, interning on Capitol Hill as part of the College’s Washington Program — an experience Faso says was critical to his career path.
After graduating from Brockport and earning a law degree from Georgetown University, Faso has dedicated his career to public service, which includes a 16-year stint as a New York State Assemblyman.
“It is perhaps trite to say ‘time flies’ but indeed it does. So much of what I’ve accomplished in life and the opportunities afforded me came from my time at Brockport,” Faso said. “The commencement address allows me to again say thanks and to hopefully impart a few words which may have meaning and impact upon the lives of our new graduates on that day. I very much look forward to coming back.”
Faith Prather will address students in the graduate commencement ceremony on May 11. Prather is an associate professor of public administration, where she has taught in the master’s program since 1989. Over three decades, Prather has served the College in multiple roles including interim assistant provost for diversity and interim director of affirmative action. She is a co-founder of the College’s Women’s Center and is one of the inaugural recipients of the College’s Fannie Barrier Williams Women of Courage Award.
“It is an honor to deliver this year’s graduate commencement address,” said Prather, who will be retiring this spring. “I am pleased to have this opportunity to celebrate the fine achievements of our students.”
Brockport President Heidi Macpherson says both speakers are fine examples of what the College hopes each of its graduates become.
“Both Congressman Faso and Dr. Prather have spent their careers in service to others — the Congressman as an elected official in various roles and Dr. Prather in the classroom,” Macpherson said. “We are honored that they accepted our invitation to address the Class of 2018 and are eager to hear their message.”