Albany – State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan today announced that in
addition to graduating this spring, 600 students will have earned an honors certificate
of achievement from the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program.
Chancellor Ryan said, “Many
EOP students are the first in their families to attend college and have overcome
significant obstacles on the way to earning their degrees. SUNY is pleased and
proud to recognize the successful efforts of these outstanding students. Great
praise and thanks also go to the EOP directors, counselors and faculty advisors
on our campuses who mentored, advised and instructed these students and to the
parents, friends and relatives who loved, nurtured and supported them.”
SUNY Provost Risa I. Palm
said, “SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program has a long history of providing
access for New York residents who might otherwise not be able to attend a
university. The EOP students who are earning honors certificates of
achievement have overcome economic challenges to succeed in their programs. Our
congratulations to these students for earning their honors certificates of
achievement. These graduates are clearly well prepared for further educational
opportunities or to take their place in the workforce."
SUNY Associate Vice Provost for Opportunity Programs
Robert D. James said, "We often say that what is important is not where
you start, but where you finish. The success of our students is directly
related to their hard work and discipline; the commitment of the sponsoring
campuses, the program staff, and the financial support of the governor and
- EOP students who have
earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring semester
are awarded achievement certificates.
- During the spring semester,
campuses hold honors convocations to acknowledge achievement and students
are presented with certificates signed by the SUNY Chancellor, Provost,
and Associate Provost for Opportunity Programs.
- Some campuses use this
opportunity to induct students into the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor
Society. For more information about XAE, please visit: www.xaehonor.com
All EOP students are eligible to earn honors
certificates. This spring, 2,247 EOP students received honor certificates and
more than 1,800 EOP students will have graduated by the close of the spring
Students enrolled through SUNY’s
EOP have family incomes consistent with the federal poverty
guidelines and grade point averages below the usual threshold for admission, but
have demonstrated the potential to master college-level work with the
Financial aid through EOP
assists eligible students with the cost of textbooks and other related
expenses. Program participants are assigned an individual EOP counselor who
provides personal, academic and career counseling. Support for EOP students
may also include tutoring, developmental coursework and workshops on time
management, study and organizational skills.
More than 47,000 students
have earned bachelor degrees through EOP since the program’s founding in 1967.
SUNY plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the EOP during the
fall 2007 semester.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu