Chancellors Zimpher and Johnson Release SUNY Commercial To Air During NYC Pride March on WABC-TV

June 22, 2017

More than 300 SUNY Students, Faculty, Staff, & Alumni To March

New York City – SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and SUNY Chancellor-elect Kristina M. Johnson today released SUNY’s first television commercial, which will air during WABC-TV’s live presentation of the NYC Pride March Sunday between Noon and 3 p.m. showcasing the university system’s commitment to inclusivity. The 30-second spot is narrated by Sunny Hostin, Binghamton University Alumna and Host of ABC’s hit show The View.

View the SUNY commercial:

SUNY will participate in the NYC Pride March for the second consecutive year, with a parade float escorted by more than 300 students, faculty, staff and alumni representing 40 campuses from throughout the state as well as System Administration and the SUNY Student Assembly.

"SUNY’s annual participation in the NYC Pride March is a celebration of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to ensuring that SUNY continues to be a place where all are welcome to live, to work, and to learn," said Chancellor Zimpher. "We are proud to bring the SUNY family together for the event again this year, and to celebrate the LGBTQ community in solidarity with the great State of New York."

"Each of SUNY’s 64 campuses represent the system’s founding promise to all New Yorkers – to provide safe, welcoming communities that foster student learning, innovation, and success," said Chancellor-elect Johnson. "This across-the-board commitment to being the most inclusive system of higher education in the country is one of the many attributes that attracted me to SUNY and I look forward to seeing so many participants show off their ‘SUNY Pride’ this weekend and year-round."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. As of Fall 2019, more than 415,500 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY serves throughout the year about 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide exceeded $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2019, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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