The 1995 grad will give the commencement address May 20.

HOPEWELL — Educator and cancer researcher Rodney C. Haring started his journey at Finger Lakes Community College, and he will return to give the commencement address.

Haring, from the class of 1995, is a member of the research faculty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona’s Native American Research and Training Center. He is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and has led research on cancer among American Indian and Alaskan Native populations.

Haring will give his remarks at FLCC’s 49th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20. The event begins with the processional at 1:45 p.m. at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center on the FLCC main campus in Hopewell.

The ceremony celebrates the estimated 900 students who will receive degrees and certificates from FLCC between August 2016 and August 2017.

Having set his sights on a career as a forest ranger, Haring attended FLCC because of its environmental conservation and horticulture program. The college’s close proximity to his hometown didn’t hurt, either: He could easily travel home on the weekends to play in a Canadian/American lacrosse league and volunteer as a bugler for the American Legion, Iroquois Post 1587.

“It was also enough distance to go back for a home-cooked meal and a weekend visit with family and friends,” Haring said.

Haring went on to receive a doctorate in social work/social welfare from SUNY Buffalo. His many achievements include being named a National Congress of American Indians scholar, past fellow of the Spirit of EAGLES Program at the Mayo Clinic, and a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections grantee. Additionally, he served as an invited participant on an expert panel to the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office to the President.

FLCC President Robert K. Nye; Joseph Mariconda, assistant professor of criminal justice; and Mitchel Burnell, president of the Student Corporation, will also give remarks at commencement. Lori Vail, instructor of English, will give the invocation and benediction.

Commencement is preceded by the nursing advancement ceremony at 9:30 a.m., which recognizes the advancement of the freshmen to the sophomore level and the sophomores to the graduate level. The FLCC Nursing Department anticipates 75 graduates this year.

If you can't make it

Finger Lakes Community College commencement and nursing advancement photos and videos will be posted on the FLCC social media site, www.flcc.edu/connects. Live coverage can be found on FLCC’s various social media sites, including Instagram and Twitter. Follow the college’s handle @flcc_connects and search the hashtag #FLCC2017.

The college will livestream both the nursing advancement and commencement ceremonies on Finger Lakes Television (FLTV), the public access station, located on Spectrum cable channel 12 (digital cable 5.12) and online at fingerlakestv.org/live. Tune in at 9:20 a.m. May 20 for nursing advancement and 1:40 p.m. for commencement.

A recording of the commencement ceremony will air on FLTV at 1:30 p.m Sunday, May 28. The nursing advancement ceremony will be rebroadcast at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Finger Lakes Television is an independent public access station based at Finger Lakes Community College through a donation of space and services.