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There's a doctor in the house

Dr. Frederick Engram Jr. recently earned his Ph.D. He's the first African American from the Utica area to do so in ten years.

Posted: May 19, 2019 12:14 AM
Updated: May 19, 2019 11:28 AM

NEW YORK MILLS, NY – College graduation season is in full swing, and for one local man, that means you can now call him "doctor".

Doctor Frederick Engram Jr., that is.

Engram earned his Ph.D., recently, and family and friends gathered at the Roselawn Banquet Facility in New York Mills, Saturday to celebrate.

Dr. Engram says that only 2% of the American population actually holds a doctorate.

In fact, he says he’s the only African American from the Utica area to earn a doctorate of any kind in the last ten years.

He now hopes to serve as a role model for other young African American men and women.

“It’s good for them to know that there are other options to make it, outside of athletics. I think one of the things that’s pushed to the community is that the only way to make it out of the area is to be good at basketball, or good at football. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we can also make it by being intellectual and being good in the books.”

Dr. Engram graduated from Proctor High School in 2001 and says he is grateful for all the teachers and mentors who influenced him while he was there.

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