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Honorary Degree conferred on Lumina Foundation CEO Jamie Merisotis
SUNY Empire State College conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, at its Capital Region commencement ceremony,  on Sunday, June 3, in Albany, N.Y.  Lumina is the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. “I’m honored to address this year’s graduating class at SUNY Empire,” said Merisotis. “And I’m truly humbled to accept an honorary degree from a university that is doing so much to support the success of students who don’t fit the traditional mold – students who are critical to this nation’s future success.”