Chancellor King Awards 193 Students with SUNY’s Highest Honor for Academic Excellence and Leadership

April 11, 2024

A Complete List of Awardees Can Be Found Here 

Photos from the Awards Ceremony Can Be Found Here 

Albany, NY
– State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. today awarded 193 students from 62 campuses SUNY's highest honor for academic excellence and leadership. The 2024 Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence (CASE) recognizes students for outstanding achievements throughout their SUNY experience in areas including academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service, and the arts.

"There is a place at SUNY for every New Yorker, and each year we come together to herald and celebrate the achievements of a diverse group of some of SUNY's most accomplished students," said SUNY Chancellor King. "This year's winners include first-generation students, researchers, a single mother and grandmother, a cancer survivor, international students hailing from over 16 nations, athletes, and a student who worked with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center—among so many more with inspiring stories of excellence in the classroom and beyond. It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of the nearly 200 CASE awardees as they inspire others and illustrate what is possible with a SUNY education."

This year's awardees represent each sector of SUNY including:  

  • 47 students from the four university centers 
  • 21 from other research and doctoral granting institutions 
  • 36 from comprehensive colleges 
  • 16 from technology-focused colleges 
  • 73 from community colleges 

This year's keynote speaker, Saad Hajidin, a 1988 SUNY Potsdam graduate, is the founder and creative director of inPhorm, an international designer, active, and lifestyle brand dedicated to sustainable production and empowering responsible consumers to choose products that are eco-forward.  

Saad Hajidin said, "I'm incredibly honored to be a part of this celebration of excellence at SUNY, an institution that has transformed the lives of nearly three million graduates across its 64 campuses. From pioneers like Jef Raskin, who revolutionized technology with the Macintosh project, to artistic icons like Renee Fleming, SUNY fosters a remarkable range of talent. Today's Chancellor's Awards recipients are joining a legacy of innovators, leaders, and changemakers who have left their mark on every field imaginable – scientists, doctors, authors, astronauts, journalists, and even Hollywood stars. SUNY's commitment to exceptional education empowers its graduates to achieve greatness, and I'm thrilled to be here to recognize their outstanding accomplishments." 

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. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-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 are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than 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 opportunities, visit

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