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President Named Distinguished Alumna of her Alma Mater, SUNY Oneonta

President Joann La Perla-Morales received the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater, the State University of New York College at Oneonta. Dr. La Perla-Morales, who graduated in 1968, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in education with a concentration in Spanish. She then attended Columbia University for her master’s degree and doctorate.

In her speech accepting the award, Dr. La Perla-Morales spoke about  the value of education.

“For many people of my parent’s generation, the dream of a college degree was only realized through their children,” she said. “As one of those children, I am forever indebted to my parents, especially my father, who instilled in me the value of school. I am also indebted to the fine public state university system of New York that welcomed me and provided me with opportunities and possibilities. Like many of our students today, it is through education that otherwise closed doors are opened.”