Columbia-Greene Community College conferred 254 degrees and nine certificates on Saturday, May 12, at the college’s 46th Commencement Ceremony.
H. Carl McCall, chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, represented SUNY at the ceremony and offered greetings, while additional remarks were made by C-GCC President James R. Campion; Dr. Edward Schneier, chairman of the C-GCC Board of Trustees; Matt Murrell, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, and Michael Bulich of the Greene County Legislature.
“Our two sponsoring counties have joined together to offer a common educational service equally accessible to citizens of both areas,” said Campion. “Their cooperation, mutual concern, and commitment have been vital ingredients in the success of the college.”
Frankie Beaver-Timmons, associate professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology, spoke on behalf of the C-GCC faculty, taking cues from the Miranda Rights recitation:
“Everything you have learned in and out of the classroom here at C-GCC has prepared you to be a contributing member of your community,” she said. “You have a right and duty to employ the knowledge you have acquired to attain your future endeavors. However, you do not have a right to waste your potential for greatness which lies in each and every one of you.”
Samantha Kulcsar of Palenville was chosen as the Class of 2018 student speaker. Kulcsar graduated with an associate of science degree in Human Services, with a grade-point-average of 4.0.
“I would like to thank the Columbia-Greene Community College faculty and administration for the tireless effort they put into making sure our educational experience was a positive and rewarding one,” she said.
“There are many on this campus who have gone above and beyond for not only me, but all the students. Your dedication to helping us better ourselves is remarkable.”