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Herkimer College 48th Annual Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Herkimer County Community College’s 48th Commencement was held Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Physical Education Building. There were 543 candidates for degrees and certificates including 88 who completed their degrees entirely online through the Internet Academy.

Board of Trustees Chairwoman Isabella Crandall presided over the ceremony. The National Anthem was sung by Megan Breit ’16 of Frankfort, Haley Dugan ‘16 of West Winfield and Emily Schumske of Herkimer, accompanied by adjunct music instructor Ann Kocuba. The vocal trio also performed “For Good,” composed by Stephen Schwartz.

The invocation and benediction were given by The Reverend Victor McKusick ’16, Interim Pastor at Whitesboro Presbyterian Church. Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Bernard Peplinski Sr., Assemblyman Marc Butler, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, and Student Government Association President Rhiannon Steele ’15 and ‘16 delivered greetings.

The student address, “We are Seeds”, was given by graduating senior Teddi Cromling of Ilion, NY, a Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science major. Additionally, Timothy McKenzie, a graduating Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies major from Central Islip, NY, presented “What a Time to be Alive.”

Degrees were conferred by President Cathleen C. McColgin, with assistance from Provost Michael Oriolo and Dean of Students Matthew Hawes.

In her remarks, President McColgin said, "As we look at you today, we see future business leaders, educators, health care workers, therapists, counselors, community leaders, scientists, engineers, technicians, accountants, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, public servants, and defenders of our safety and security, and the list goes on. The future is yours to create. And Herkimer County Community College has provided you with a solid foundation to go forward and continue reaching for your dreams."

A reception for the graduates and their guests was held in the Robert McLaughlin College Center immediately following the ceremony.

Student Government President's Greeting -- Rhiannon Steele '16
Student Address, "We are Seeds" -- Teddi Cromling '16
Student Presentation, "What a Time to be Alive!" -- Timothy McKenzie '16