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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013
Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250
Schenectady County Community College Faculty and Administration To Applaud Graduates During 43rd Commencement
Schenectady County Community College will hold its 43rd Commencement on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Proctors. There are approximately 600 candidates for SCCC's A.A.S., A.S., A.A., and A.O.S. degrees and certificates this year.
Family and friends of the SCCC Class of 2013, along with SCCC faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, leaders in Schenectady County and SUNY, and members of the community, will cheer on the graduates as they cross the stage at Proctors to earn their degrees and certificates in majors from among the College's 46 academic programs.
During the ceremony, B.B.A. degrees will also be 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). Students will graduate with degrees in Business and Information Technology Management, Criminal Justice and Hospitality Management.
"We are so proud of our students and this graduating class as this ceremony marks the start of a new chapter for these graduates," said Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman of the SCCC Board of Trustees. "Some will pursue their aspiring careers and others will continue in their respected fields of study. We have designed and will continue to launch programs at SCCC to carry the changing needs of the workforce."
"We share great pride with our Class of 2013, one of the College's largest ever graduating groups, and, considering SCCC's growth with new programs in recent years, surely our most academically diverse," said Quintin B. Bullock, President of SCCC. "Our 43rd commencement exercises will be a celebration of these graduating students' important achievement, and their exciting prospects for the future."
Keynote speaker George Goldhoff, a member of the SCCC Class of 1983, will address the graduates and audience members. Goldhoff has built an outstanding career as a leader in the hospitality industry at famous establishments including the Rainbow Room in New York City, the Bellagio – MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, Nev., and now as President and CEO of Pure Canadian Gaming, the largest casino operator in Alberta, Canada. After graduating from SCCC with an associate's degree in Hotel Technology, he earned his bachelor's degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts, followed by an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from Columbia University.
This year's featured student speaker is Jacob Davis '13, an Accounting major, who plans to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology at the University at Albany beginning in the fall. Jacob, who was home schooled, has been attending SCCC since Summer 2011.
A reception in Key Hall at Proctors will follow the Commencement ceremony.
Meet some members of the Class of 2013.
About SCCC: 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 more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers 46 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.
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