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About Commencement

About Commencement

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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