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04-23-2013

Clarkson University's Christina Lesyk Presents at Commencement Officers Conference

Christina Lesyk, director of university events at Clarkson University, presented at the 13th annual conference of the North American Association of Commencement Officers in Washington, D.C., earlier this semester. Her session on sustainable commencements was titled “Green is the New Black: How Green is Your Commencement?”

Christina LesykLesyk discussed how Clarkson’s efforts to be more sustainable in all that it does -- from dining services to decor -- positively impacts one of the most important ceremonies of a university.

While at the meeting, Lesyk also attended sessions on protocol (led by Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, chief of protocol for the United States under the Obama Administration), graphic design, audio-visual technology, emergency preparedness, the use of live music, and inauguration savvy and success.

“Commencement officers are event planners, facilities staff, and registrar office personnel, among other positions," said Lesyk. "We all understand that it is a privilege to work on commencement and be part of a major rite of passage for our students.

She said that the most valuable part of the conference was the opportunity to network with representatives from 159 colleges and universities from across North America and Canada.

Lesyk has worked at Clarkson since 2005 and has been director of university events since 2009.

Founded in 2001, the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) is a professional organization of commencement and convocation officers from colleges and universities throughout North America and Canada. 

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/clesyk.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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