POTSDAM — Under a sea of umbrellas and a threatening sky, families and friends of SUNY Potsdam graduates celebrated their achievement under the stately Satterlee Hall clock tower on Saturday.

“You did it,” College Council Chair June O’Neill said in her remarks to graduates. Like a turtle on a fence post, Ms. O’Neill said, the graduates didn’t get this far without some help.

SUNY Potsdam President Suzanne Smith gives her first commencement address to the graduates of the Class of 2023 on Saturday. Jason Hunter/SUNY Potsdam

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