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JCC to hold 54th Spring Commencement on May 18, 2018

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will hold its 54th annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the McVean Student Center Gymnasium. Approximately 456 students are candidates for May and August 2018 graduation with nearly 470 diplomas and certificates to be conferred. 

The College is honored that Denise K. Young, chief executive officer of the Watertown Family YMCA, will give the keynote address at the commencement exercises. 

Tickets are required for admission to the gymnasium and each student who is participating in the ceremony has received up to four tickets for guest seating in the bleachers. Tickets are not required for entrance to the Sturtz Theater where the ceremony will be simulcast. In addition, the commencement exercises will be video-streamed through the College’s website, www.sunyjefferson.edu, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Guest entrance doors, adjacent to Parking Lot D, will open at 6:30 p.m. and handicapped and special needs guests may disembark at this entrance. 

Commencement speaker Young holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from SUNY Empire State College and a master’s in business administration in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. Prior to her role with the YMCA, Young served as the Executive Director of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) which during her tenure, the organization secured over $103 million dollars to improve the North Country healthcare system and was awarded the Jefferson Citation for its efforts to support educational and career pathways for healthcare professionals. From 2005 to 2007, Denise served as director of the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College. She currently serves on the NYS Rural Health Council and was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the NYS Department of Health North Country Healthcare Redesign Commission. Denise is a passionate advocate for those living with mental illness and substance abuse disorders and has been a key speaker at local, state and national conferences and in 2008, she was recognized by the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living for her advocacy. In 2011, she received the Fort Drum Woman of the Mountain award, and in 2014 she received the Greater North Country Chamber of Commerce Athena® International Leadership Award.

Commencement information is available online or by calling the College at 315-786-2234.