DCC Celebrates 55th Commencement

May 16, 2014 – Dutchess Community College held its annual graduation ceremony on May 15. Associate degrees and career certificates in 54 programs of study were conferred on 1,161 graduates, who range in age from 17 to 61. The graduation ceremony was held in Falcon Hall on DCC’s main campus; more than 4,000 observed the ceremony either in person or via on-campus closed-circuit television. 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 50 percent of the students; 20 percent received Associate in Arts degrees; 25 percent received Associate in Applied Science degrees; and
5 percent earned certificates. Nearly 38 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, who will retire in August after 22 years of service, congratulated the graduates and reminded them that their educational achievements will stay with them throughout their lives.

The keynote speaker was Sheila Appel, DCC alumnus and U.S. regional director of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM. Other speakers included DCC Board of Trustees Chair Thomas LeGrand, Professor Ornella Mazzuca and Student Government Association President Yoshinori Tsuji.

To view a video of graduation, visit livestream.com/dutchesscc.

At an Honors Convocation earlier in the day, 157 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 $130,000. More than $1.3 million in scholarships has been awarded by the DCC Foundation in the Convocation ceremonies since they began 18 years ago. The scholarships are funded by individuals and organizations to reward academic excellence.