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Ithaca College Holds Commencement on Sunday, May 20; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Producer Amy Kule '87 Will Deliver Main Address

 ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College’s 117th Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade executive producer Amy Kule returning to her alma mater to deliver the main address.

Kule (pronounced ‘cue-el’) will speak to some 1,360 graduates and their guests at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony at Butterfield Stadium. She graduated in 1987 from the School of Humanities and Sciences with a degree in history.

Also making remarks at Commencement will be Ithaca College president Tom Rochon, senior class president Jimmy Knowles and board of trustees chairman C. William Schwab ’68, who will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

For more information on the ceremony, which will be webcast live on the Internet and televised on Time Warner Cable channel 16 in the Ithaca area, visit

Kule oversees all aspects of planning and producing the iconic New York City parade, including creative direction, logistics, operations, marketing partnerships and design and construction. She is just the seventh person to serve in that role since the parade began in 1924.

Kule’s formal title is group vice-president, national events and partnership marketing, for the Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group. She also produces the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City and leads a team of professionals that stages thousands of elaborate events each year, including celebrity appearances, major product launches, fashion shows, culinary demonstrations, window unveilings and tree lightings.

Dr. Schwab is being honored for his lifetime of service to humanity in the field of surgical trauma care, and for his leadership and vision in the service of educational excellence at Ithaca College. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Ithaca in 1968 and medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 1972. He has been a member of the college’s board of trustees for over two decades, serving as chairman since 2007.

A professor of surgery and former chief of the Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Schwab is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of emergency surgery and trauma medicine. He established the Firearm and Injury Center and directs the University of Pennsylvania Trauma Network, and was honored with the Surgeons’ Award for Service to Safety from the National Safety Council.