Meet DCC’s 2021 Student Commencement Speakers

May 24, 2021 -- Students Kyle Troia and Kaitlyn Cohn offered their congratulations and reflections during DCC’s 62nd Commencement ceremonies held on May 21. Troia spoke at the morning ceremony and Cohn offered remarks in the afternoon. 

Kyle Troia
President of the Dutchess Community College Student Government Association.

Link to Kyle Troia's Commencement 2021 remarks. 

Degree: Associate in Science.
High School: Arlington High School 
Clubs, Activities, Leadership: Student Government President and participated in esports this past semester as a student athlete. 
Awards, Scholarships: Dean's List, Nine Partners Lions Club Scholarship, and the Dr. D. David Conklin Scholarship for Student Leadership.
Next step: Transferring to SUNY New Paltz in the fall to seek out a four-year degree in chemistry adolescent education. 
Future Career, Professional and Personal Goals: I hope to find a teaching position in a Dutchess County area high school and give back to the community that has given me so much. 
Advice for New DCC Students: Here at DCC, we have so many opportunities that you may not even realize. The biggest piece of advice I could give to new students is to seek out clubs/organizations that interest you and get involved, help run the club, make connections, and take advantage of all that the campus has to offer. 
Words of Wisdom for Fellow Graduates: Wherever you go in your future endeavors, remember where you came from, and remember to continue to reach higher and place your handprint on the ceiling. 

Kaitlyn Cohn
Student trustee on the DCC Board of Trustees.

Link to Kaitlyn Cohn's Commencement 2021 remarks.

Degree: Associate in Science, General Studies.
High School: Valley Central High School, Montgomery, NY.
Clubs, Activities, Leadership: Executive Board Member of the Student Government Association, Student Trustee on the DCC Board of Trustees, Previous President of the DCC Visual Arts Club, Published Poet and Artist ("The Community" Literary Magazine).
Awards, Scholarships: Earned President's List Honors 3 semesters in a row; selected for the DCC-Vassar Exchange Program to take a course at Vassar on a scholarship; nominated for a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Overcoming the Odds.
Next step: Transfer to Vassar College to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in linguistics; followed by a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. I also plan to pursue a doctorate, and potentially a second master’s degree n education.
Future Career, Professional and Personal Goals: During the rest of my college career and beyond, I hope to continue serving as a board member, Trustee, and/or student government representative at each institution I attend. After graduating with my bachelor's degree, I aim to join the Peace Corps and serve the people of developing countries in both education services, environmental conservation and improvement. Once I've earned my master’s in social work, I aim to be a social worker in hospitals, helping children and their families. In particular, I hope to work at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, which is where I've had dozens of surgical procedures spanning my entire adolescence. There, I feel I can be a guiding light for children and teens going through similar struggles. Later on in my career, I would love to serve as the director of the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House, where I spent the majority of my time growing up. Above all else, I want to help people, and give back to my community, and the world at large!
Advice for New DCC Students: Utilize the services the school offers! There are so many great resources available to you, like the ACT Center, the Writing Center, the Counseling Center, the Pantry, and more! Don't be afraid to ask for help. Also, get organized! Find fun and cute stationery and tools that make you smile every time you use them. My favorite pencil case was shaped like a milk carton. Have a daily planner (I had several) and actually use it every day. Write down each class, reading, assignment, and event you have going on ahead of time. Put post-its around your desk if you have to! Find what works for you and what doesn't, but don't stop trying until you've got a system that you can rely on!
Words of Wisdom for Fellow Graduates: Live in the moment, and be grateful for every experience, good or bad. Everything serves a purpose, and we can always learn something from it. Don't be afraid to ask for help, no one can do everything on their own. Be grateful for those who support you and know that they wouldn't do it if they didn't want to. Be proud of how far you've come and know that this is only the beginning!