Former U.S. Representative Maurice D. Hinchey ’68 (English) ’70g (Education) will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19. Lori DuBord ’94 (History), a long-time regional representative for Congressman Hinchey, will be the commencement speaker.
Hinchey had a distinguished career in the New York State Assembly and the U.S. Congress. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1974 (serving from 1975 to 1993) and then to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 (serving from 1993-2012), where he represented New York’s 22nd Congressional District (formerly the 26th district). Throughout his career, he advocated for education, the environment, and the middle class. His leadership in these areas had significant impact on the Hudson Valley and on the New Paltz campus.
In light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, security at Commencement will be increased. Details will be announced soon. For more information about Commencement, click here.