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About Commencement

About Commencement


Caravan Commencement 2022 will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022

For all students participating in this year’s event, please see instructions below:

Graduates must arrive at the Professional Academic Center (PAC) parking lot at 9:15 a.m. Campus Security will be directing traffic. Please follow their instructions upon arrival. Graduates may have 2 vehicles participate in the procession, and they must arrive together. Vehicles that arrive separately will not be accommodated and only the vehicle with the graduate will be allowed to process.

  • Graduates should sit on the driver’s side of the vehicle; (if possible, graduates should arrange for someone else to drive).
  • The procession will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m., passing by three stations outside the Professional Academic Center (PAC) Building.
  • Hand your Caravan Commencement Card to the representative at the first station to be read by Provost Timmons.
  • Proceed to the next station where you will receive your diploma cover from President Drummer.
  • Continue to the last station and receive a special gift from Joan Koweek, Executive Director of the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation.
  • Exit the PAC parking lot by turning left on Conway Road. Turn left on Arts Center Drive, and head to the next station where you will exit the vehicle and have your photo taken by a professional photographer.

Other Items to Note:

  • Graduates who arrive after 9:30 a.m. will be placed at the end of the caravan.
  • The ceremony will be live streamed over FM radio and will be available on YouTube for viewing. The information shared verbally appears in the Commencement Program so that you may follow along if your audio is not functioning properly.
  • A video of the event will be posted to the Columbia-Greene Community College website.
  • Nursing Graduates will receive directions from Chairperson Dawn Wrigley. Please follow those instructions regarding pinning.
  • The long-term forecast suggests that the weather could be warm (over 80 degrees) and sunny. Please have cold beverages on hand, to stay hydrated. Don’t worry, though. If you forget, we’ll have some supplies on hand.
  • Our security team wants to let you know that all passengers must be inside of vehicles. We can’t accommodate any passengers or pets in the back of pickup trucks, due to the start-and-stop nature of the caravan.
  • Please refrain from having profanity or controversial statements on your vehicles or attire. These things can get in the way of other people’s celebration (or their family photos!). If we sense that there could be offensive statements, we’ll instruct attendees to remove them before proceeding, in deference to your fellow graduates.



Congratulations, Classes of 2020 and 2021!

On May 15, 2021, Columbia-Greene Community College graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 participated in a “Caravan Commencement” drive-through ceremony.

photo of spectators with signs cheering on graduates in cars

The procession began at 9:45 a.m. in the Professional Academic Center (PAC) parking lot. The Class of 2020 was followed by the Class of 2021, with Nursing graduates concluding the procession, combining their graduation with the traditional pinning ceremony.

man wearing academic robes and a face mask at a podium

George Timmons, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, announced the name, degree earned, and any honors received for each graduate. President Carlee Drummer, Ph.D., dispersed diploma covers and offered personal congratulations. In addition, Joan Koweek, executive director of the C-GCC Foundation, presented an alumni gift to each graduate.

male student in cap and gown being pinned with a bouttonierre by another man

“Last year was incredibly difficult for all of us,” said Beverly ‘Bev’ Burka, Senior Associate at the College and Chair of the Graduation Committee. “Although we know this isn’t the Commencement ceremony our graduates may have envisioned when they became a C-GCC student, we are incredibly pleased to be able to recognize their accomplishments and wish them well.”

graduate in nursing white uniform waving out of the sunroof of a car in a parade. the car has white balloons on it and the nurse is blowing bubbles.

Faculty, staff, and administrators lined the parking lot to cheer for the graduates at a safe distance, and graduates were welcomed to bring their immediate family in their vehicles.


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