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Noteworthy Alumni Bocko, Baum, Clement to Speak at Oswego Commencement

Accomplished SUNY Oswego alumni Peter Bocko ’75, Mark Baum ’81 and Linda Donovan Clement ’71 each will address a Commencement audience as SUNY Oswego moves to three May graduation ceremonies for the first time.

All will be Saturday, May 17, in the Campus Center convocation hall.

Bocko, chief technology officer for Corning Inc.‘s Glass Technologies Group, will address candidates for graduation in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 9 a.m.

Baum, senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the Food Marketing Institute, will speak at the ceremony for the School of Business and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at 1 p.m.

Clement, vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, will be the speaker for the School of Education graduation at 4 p.m.

“Peter Bocko, Mark Baum and Linda Clement—each highly respected in his or her field—bring outstanding professional credentials to Commencement,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “Each has continued to have enduring commitments to our students and initiatives at SUNY Oswego and will serve as an inspiring example to our graduates.”

Glass expert

A foremost expert in glass for display and electronics applications, Bocko graduated in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Oswego, where he met his wife Andrea Guglielmo Bocko ’73. His responsibilities now center on building and sustaining the global influence of Corning Inc.‘s largest business group, developing and bringing to market glass—such as ultra-thin, super-tough Corning Gorilla Glass—used in cutting-edge technologies as well as popular smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other devices.

Bocko earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from Cornell University, joining Corning in 1979 as a senior scientist with research interests in glass composition, surface chemistry and novel optical fiber materials. He was on a team that early on explored the market value of fusion glass, now well known for large-screen LCD televisions, and served as technical adviser for Corning’s popular futuristic videos “A Day Made of Glass.”

Food industry advocate

As a top executive advocating on behalf of the retail food industry and representing nearly 40,000 grocery stores and 25,000 pharmacies, Baum engages retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers to help raise the bar on industry collaboration at all points of the food retail chain. He has spent more than 25 years in the food, beverage and consumer products industries, since his graduation from Oswego with a degree in political science in 1981. He has a master’s degree in marketing from Marymount University. He currently resides in Reston, Va., with his wife Cathy.

Baum formerly was managing partner with MARCAT Group LLC, an independent consulting/advisory firm specializing in business, market and customer development.

Since 2006, Baum has served as a board member for the Oswego College Foundation and held several leadership roles, such as chair of the development committee and national chair of The Fund for Oswego.

Higher education leader

With oversight of 15 departments and more than 1,500 employees at the University of Maryland, Clement’s duties involve her in all aspects of student life. As a faculty member in counseling and personnel services, she regularly teaches undergraduate courses and also teaches and advises master’s and doctoral students.

She began her career at Maryland in 1974 as a staff member in the departments of resident life and orientation. From the late 1970s until 2000, she served as director of undergraduate admissions and later as assistant vice president for academic affairs.

A native of Oswego, Clement earned a bachelor's in secondary education English in 1971, the same year that her now husband, Peter ’71, graduated with a bachelor's in history. Clement earned a master’s degree at Michigan State University and doctorate at Maryland. She has chaired the board of trustees of the College Board. She is co-author of a book on student services leadership.

— The Office of Public Affairs