Two Buffalo Leaders to Share Words of Wisdom with Graduates

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Giant M made of Medaille Seniors
May 8, 2012

Medaille College will present diplomas to the graduating Class of 2012 at its annual Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo.

As in past years, Medaille will hold two separate ceremonies at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to accommodate the College’s graduating classes of master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree recipients through programs at campuses in Buffalo, Amherst and Rochester.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will deliver remarks at the afternoon graduate ceremony, and Interim Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools Amber M. Dixon will address the evening ceremony’s undergraduate students.

Mark Poloncarz began his first term as Erie County’s Executive in 2012. He grew up in Lackawanna, and attended the University at Buffalo and the University of Toledo’s College of Law. He moved back home to Western New York to practice corporate and finance law before being elected to the office of Erie County Comptroller in 2005.

Amber M. Dixon, a graduate of Medaille College, began as interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public School District in September 2011. A former math teacher, she has worked for the district for over 20 years. Dixon was born and raised in Buffalo, and her son, Sean, is a successful graduate of the Buffalo Public School District. 

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