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December 11, 2014

Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation, to Deliver Winter Commencement Address

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Ann Costello, director of the Golisano Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at Roberts Wesleyan College’s winter commencement ceremony. The event is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Andrews B. Hale Auditorium, Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center on campus. More than 200 students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees — as well as family members, friends and faculty — will be on hand to celebrate commencement and listen to Costello’s presentation.

Costello has more than 30 years of service in the nonprofit sector and has an extensive background in human service administration, strategic planning, fund distribution and organizational policy development. She has been redefining the Golisano Foundation’s role in the disability service area as a proactive partner and catalyst for transformation as director of the foundation. Through her work, she has supported and launched innovative partnerships and programs, including the Institute for Innovative Transition, the first Healthy Athletes regional training program, End the R Word media campaigns and Move to Include.

Costello is dedicated to the foundation and helping individuals with intellectual disabilities. She is a key participant in the advancement of Special Olympics’ global Healthy Communities initiative to expand health-related services to people with intellectual disabilities. She also served as a research fellow at the School of City and Regional Planning.

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About Roberts Wesleyan College

With an enrollment of 1,762 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts and professional studies colleges with a Christian worldview. Striving for higher learning with a higher purpose, the College offers more than 60 undergraduate programs taught by high-quality, caring faculty and graduate programs in business, education, health administration, healthcare informatics administration, marketing, nursing, school counseling and school psychology, and social work. Innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs are also available for working professionals in criminal justice administration, health administration, nursing, organizational management and teacher education.

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