DCC Celebrates 54th Commencement

May 17, 2013 – Dutchess Community College held its annual graduation ceremony May 16. Associate degrees and career certificates in 55 programs of study were conferred on 1,200 graduates, who range in age from 17 to 74. 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 46 percent of the students; 23 percent received Associate in Arts degrees; 23 percent received Associate in Applied Science degrees; and
8 percent earned certificates. About one-third 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 made note of the many family members, friends, faculty and staff who supported and encouraged them in their educational pursuits.

“Alumni approach me on a regular basis to share how Dutchess Community College changed their lives for the better,” said Conklin. “And they always mention one or two faculty members who had a huge impact on them. These connections made at DCC are a testament to the commitment of our faculty and staff.”

The keynote speaker was Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro (’01). Other speakers included SUNY Board of Trustees Chair H. Carl McCall, DCC Board of Trustees Chair Thomas LeGrand, History Professor Dr. Laura Murphy and Student Government Association President Luke Cierniak.

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 $1.2 million in scholarships has been awarded by the DCC Foundation in the Convocation ceremonies since they began 17 years ago. The scholarships are funded by individuals and organizations to reward academic excellence.