May 18, 2012 – Dutchess Community College held its annual graduation ceremony May 17. Associate degrees and career certificates in 47 programs of study were conferred on 1,176 graduates, who range in age from 18 to 65. The graduation ceremony was held on the Falcon Hall North Lawn on DCC’s main campus; more than 4,000 were in attendance. In addition, the ceremony was streamed live on the Internet for graduates’ friends and family members who could not attend.
Associate in Science degrees were awarded to 42 percent of the students; 25 percent received Associate in Applied Science degrees; 22 percent received Associate in Arts degrees; and almost
9 percent earned certificates. Almost 39 percent of the class graduated with honors, having achieved a 3.2 GPA or higher.
In his welcome address, DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin congratulated the graduates and recognized the family members, friends, faculty and staff who supported and encouraged them as they pursued their education. He also noted the importance of faculty and staff members who are committed to the success of DCC students.
“When I talk to former graduates about how Dutchess Community College has changed their lives, they always mention one or two faculty or professional staff who had a special impact on them and encouraged them to excel,” said Conklin. “This support and encouragement – and that of their families – will serve today’s graduates well in their future educational or professional pursuits.”
The keynote speaker was James Fedorchak (’67), County Attorney for Dutchess County and member of the DCC Foundation Board of Directors. He talked about enrolling at DCC as a student who needed to find a way to get motivated and excited about his education.
“And so it was that I found myself on the hill at Pendell Road wondering what magic was to be found here that finally would drive me to apply myself,” said Fedorchak. “I soon found the answer embodied in the faculty and staff of DCC.”
Other speakers included DCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Thomas LeGrand, Professor Laura Murphy and Student Government Association President Tony Beaudoin.
At an Honors Convocation earlier in the day, 150 students either starting their second year at DCC or graduating and entering four-year colleges in the fall, were recognized for outstanding achievements and received scholarships totaling more than $110,000. More than $1.1 million in scholarships has been awarded by the DCC Foundation in the Convocation ceremonies since they began 16 years ago. The scholarships are funded by individuals and organizations to reward academic excellence.