Just Over 1,000 Graduate in DCC's 50th Commencement

May 22, 2009

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. –More than 1,000 students graduated on May 21 in Dutchess Community College’s 50th Commencement exercises.

Dr. D. David Conklin, president of DCC, welcomed the graduates and recognized their family members as well.

“Graduation is an occasion to be remembered,” said Conklin. “Certainly, for milestone occasions like this one to be meaningful, they should be shared with others.  So today is also a special time for the grandparents, parents, spouses, and in some cases the children of our graduates.”

Dr. Conklin also pointed to the College’s ability to provide a quality education to an increasing number of students.

“Over the last five decades, Dutchess Community College has grown to meet the higher education needs of the residents of Dutchess County and the area,” he said. “And this year we have more graduates than any other college in the Mid-Hudson valley.”

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Thomas Wermuth, vice-president of Academic Affairs at Marist College, who is also a member of DCC’s Class of 1982. He went on to earn degrees at Marist College and Binghamton University, and is the author of books focusing on early American history.

Wermuth spoke to the graduates about choices.

“You will find that when you choose a path, there is the real possibility for great satisfaction,” he said. “Take the time to make those choices carefully.”

He closed his speech by asking the graduates to sustain a balance between work and play.

“Be demanding of yourself and continue to strive to distinguish yourself,” said Wermuth. “You have recognized the value of higher education and have made many sacrifices to achieve it. But also take the time, as I hope you are doing this evening and this weekend, to enjoy your achievements, your families, and your friends.”

The Class of 2009 includes graduates ranging in age from 17 to 64, with a median age of 22. Approximately 81% reside in Dutchess County, 18% are residents of other counties and states and about 1% are from outside of the United States. Women account for sixty-four percent of the class, while men make up 36%.

Approximately 41.5% received Associate in Science degrees, 27.3% of our graduates received Associate in Applied Science degrees, 22.4% recieved Associate in Arts degrees and 8.8% received certificates.

The 2009 graduating class includes students from 53 different college programs. The most popular programs this year were Humanities and Social Sciences, with 209 graduates, Business Administration Transfer, with 104 graduates, Nursing, with 88 graduating students, and the Joint Acceptance Programs with SUNY New Paltz in Early Childhood, Childhood and Adolescent Education, with 103 students.

Approximately 38.5 % of the Class of 2009 graduated with honors, having achieved a 3.2 CPA or higher. Ten students graduated with a perfect 4.0 average. Four members of the graduating class began their studies in one of the College’s special developmental programs designed to strengthen academic skills.

For more information about DCC’s graduation, contact Ann Winfield at (845) 431-8405 .

Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college with more than 50 years of service to the residents of Dutchess County. Visit www.sunydutchess.edu.