Herkimer College 49th Annual Commencement
Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
Herkimer County Community College’s 49th Commencement was held on Friday, May 19 at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Physical Education Building. There were 446 candidates for degrees and certificates, including 79 who completed their entire degrees online through the College’s Internet Academy.
Board of Trustees Chairwoman Isabella Crandall presided over the ceremony. The National Anthem will be sung by Brittany J. Gallt, a Communication Arts: Music Industry major from St. Johnsville, NY. The invocation and benediction was given by Pastor Dwayne A. Durant ‘98, of Kuyahoora Community Church.
Student Government Association President Marica Bellico, of Naples, Italy; Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Bernard Peplinski Sr.; and New York State Assemblyman Brian Miller delivered greetings. The student address, I am a Scholar, was given by Deshawn McCrea, a Communication Arts: Digital Filmmaking major from Fort Plain, NY.
Special awards included the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence presented to Justin Harley, of Central Islip, NY, and Milnalis Diese, of Bronx, NY. SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were also presented to Lisa Lamanna-Johnson, office assistant; Wendy Marchese, counselor; and faculty members Professor Mark Polkosnik and Associate Professor Jeffrey Steele.
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, “Regardless of your goals coming to Herkimer, there is no doubt you leave Herkimer with valuable new skills and a greater awareness of the world. You have learned to overcome challenges, be independent, manage your time, and be self-disciplined. Many of you have developed and honed your leadership skills through participation in student government, athletics, clubs and causes. And you, have grown personally through participation in community, cultural, civic, and social activities. Most importantly, you have met your academic goals and prepared yourselves for the future. You and your families have much to be proud of.”
A reception for the graduates and guests was held immediately following the ceremony.
Commencement 2017 Photo Gallery