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Jefferson holds 51st Commencement on May 15, 2015

Jefferson Community College held its 51st annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the McVean Gymnasium. Jefferson’s class of 2015 is comprised of 494 students who are candidates for graduation in May or August of 2015 pending satisfactory completion of coursework. Fifteen students received two degrees each, bringing the total number of degrees and/certificates awarded to 509.

Approximately 47% of graduates are adult learners, aged 25 years or older. Jefferson continues to be a strong educational partner of Fort Drum with nearly 43% of the Class of 2015 comprised of active duty soldiers and their family members, veterans, retirees or members of the Army Reserves. Jefferson’s active duty and veteran students, along with faculty and staff veterans, were distinguished during the ceremony by adorning a red, white and blue cord worn in recognition of their service to our country.

This year, in another special component of the evening’s ceremony, eleven Keuka College students received a bachelor’s of social work degree and two received a bachelor in science degree in criminal justice systems through Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program through Jefferson’s Higher Education Center.  In addition, twelve SUNY Cobleskill students who earned a bachelor of science in early childhood studies by taking classes through Jefferson’s Higher Education Center took part in Jefferson’s commencement ceremony and  received their diplomas from SUNY Cobleskill. Nearly all of the Keuka College and SUNY Cobleskill graduates are also alumni of Jefferson Community College who have continued their programs of study at the baccalaureate level through the Jefferson Higher Education Center.

The College was privileged Thomas H. Carman, president and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center, delivered the commencement address. Mr. Carman holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University.  A leader in the North Country community, Mr. Carman is involved in a variety of organizations within the healthcare arena and beyond and currently serves on the board of directors for the Watertown Rotary Club and the YMCA.  He was a founding member and charter president of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) and is currently serving as FDRHPO chair for a second time. He is also secretary of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization.  Mr. Carman is a member and past chair of the Iroquois Healthcare Association Board of Directors and the Healthcare Association of New York State Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Carman has chaired the North Country Heart Walk and United Way of Northern New York Campaign.  His dedication and contributions to the community earned Mr. Carman the prestigious Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award in 2013.

The student commencement speaker was Hollis C. Harrington of Rodman. Hollis graduated with an associate of science degree in mathematics and science. He has earned President’s List and Dean’s List honors and is a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Hollis came to Jefferson after graduating from South Jefferson Central High School in 2012. On campus, he quickly established himself as a leader among his peers.  As a student ambassador in the Welcome Center of the Admissions office, Hollis’ friendly smile is often the first greeting to new or prospective students and their families. He leads campus tours, assists with the online application process, answers questions from apprehensive prospective students and supports a number of admissions events. 

This past year, Hollis also served as one of the College’s first resident assistants (RA) in East Hall.  As an RA, Hollis helped new residents acclimate to campus, provided guidance and direction to resources, developed programming for his floor, and created a positive living and learning environment at Jefferson.  In addition to his duties as Student Ambassador and RA, Hollis was also a supplemental instructor and tutor for three chemistry classes and has participated each year in National Chemistry Week activities and Super Science Saturday.  Hollis plans to attend SUNY Oswego and major in chemistry with the goal of becoming a chemist.

Several students, faculty and staff were recognized with academic awards and honors during the commencement exercises.

Two candidates for graduation were recognized for receiving the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence earlier this year. This award acknowledges students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives: community service, athletics, creative and performing arts, leadership and career achievement. In April, Danielle M. Scott, Watertown, and Mikayla R. Warren, Chaumont, were chosen by SUNY for the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.  Ms. Scott is graduating with an associate in science (A.S.) degree in business administration and a certificate in hospitality and tourism.  She plans to transfer to SUNY Empire State College. Ms. Warren is graduating with an associate in science (A.S.) in mathematics/science and will continue her studies at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry.

Kathleen E. Coloney, Harrisville, and Rabecca M. Venturelli, Evans Mills, were recognized as members of the All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for community colleges. To be chosen for the All-New York academic team, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.25 and have a history of scholarly achievement and outstanding service to campus or community.  Additionally, Mrs. Venturelli  was further recognized as a Coca-Cola Community College Bronze Scholar, one of only seven students across New York to receive this honor.  Rabecca is currently enrolled in SUNY Potsdam’s bachelor’s of business administration program through the JCC Higher Education Center. Kathleen graduated with both an associate of science degree in business administration and an associate of applied science degree in hospitality and tourism. She plans to transfer to Clarkson University in the fall.

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction and three graduating students have completed this program. Honors program students elect three courses and enhance them as Honors Options by choosing a project for each and working directly with a faculty member to provide a unique and rewarding educational experience.  Class of 2015 members graduating with Honors Program designation are:  Mariana Bruno Da Silva, Evans Mills, associate of arts in humanities and social sciences with a creative writing concentration; Kathleen E. Coloney, Harrisville, associate of science degree in business administration and associate of applied science degree in hospitality and tourism; and Allyson L. Murphy, Theresa, associate of applied science degree in chemical dependency.

Additionally, four members of Jefferson’s faculty/staff were recognized as recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize extraordinary achievement and encourage the continuation of excellence. Jack N. Donato, associate professor of computer science, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Timothy F. Grosse, associate professor of mathematics, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; William L. McMahon, lab technician in the lab science department, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service; and, Robyn M. Rhyner, assistant director of financial aid, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Chancellor’s Award honorees received their medallions at the College’s Recognition Ceremony held on May 1, 2015.