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For Immediate Release: May 24, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

Schenectady County Community College Holds 42nd Commencement Exercises

Left to right: Cheryl Welch, Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S., High Honors; Heather Gaylord, Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors; and Anthony Bellamy, Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. and Human Services A.A.S.

Commencement photos
Graduate portraits

Schenectady County Community College held its 42nd Commencement on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Proctors. The College presented degrees and certificates during the annual ceremony, which featured remarks by Keynote Speaker Alain E. Kaloyeros, Ph.D., Professor and Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany.

There were more than 610 candidates for SCCC's A.A.S., A.S., A.A., and A.O.S. degrees and certificates this year. During the ceremony, B.B.A. degrees were also awarded to students graduating from SUNY Delhi through the SCCC SUNY Delhi partnership (where students take all classes for Delhi Bachelor's degrees on the SCCC campus).

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Ph.D., Professor and Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, delivered a multi-media presentation during his Keynote Address to members of the Class of 2012, faculty, staff and guests during the ceremony. Using humorous video clips and photos, he shared his "Golden Rules for Success" including, "Be a team player. Be adaptable. Never share everything you know and stay modest."

This year's other speakers included students Deryle McCann, President of the SCCC Student Government Association, who graduated with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences and an A.A.S. in Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Emily Miller, SUNY Delhi student, who graduated from SCCC in 2010 and received a B.B.A. degree in Hospitality Management from SUNY Delhi during the SCCC Commencement.

"Celebrate the days of success and always prepare for the challenges that meet each of us as we venture through life," McCann told her fellow graduates. "It is during the times of success that people will know our name, and it is during times of trouble that people will know our character." She plans to attend the University at Albany in Fall 2012 to pursue Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work.

Emily Miller told the graduates to, "Take a minute to stop today, take in the accomplishment that you graduated. Turn off the cell phones, and the computers, and the ipads and realize how far you have come. Time moves so quickly today, and it is easy to move from one thing to the next in seconds, yet the decisions we make or don't make today will impact tomorrow." She is the Social Sales Coordinator for Key Hall at Proctors.

SCCC congratulates all of the members of the Class of 2012!


One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls over 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs. To learn more, visit

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