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51st Annual Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Herkimer County Community College held its 51st annual Commencement on Friday, May 17, 2019 in the varsity gymnasium. There were 463 candidates for associate degrees and certificates. This year’s class included 63 students who completed their degrees entirely online through Herkimer College’s Internet Academy.

Student Government President Justin D. Jones, Ilion, NY, delivered greetings to his fellow graduates.

Student speaker Elaha Noori, of New York Mills, NY, was the selected student speaker and addressed fellow graduates and guests with her speech entitled “Women in Cybersecurity.” Originally from Afghanistan, Noori's message reflected on themes of facing fears and overcoming challenges. Noori said, “Today, I would like to call on everyone, especially to other women, to face our fears and embrace the challenges we encounter. This is what makes us and future generations stronger. If we run away from them, we run away from the opportunities for leadership that life brings to us."

Special awards presented included: SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service - Debora Brunner, Office Assistant; SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service – Timothy Rogers, Director of Campus Safety; SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities - Lisa Elwood-Farber, Professor of English; SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – Kathleen Stables, Assistant Professor of Corrections, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence – Elizabeth McDonald, Liberal Arts and Sciences: Science; and SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award – Malerie Belles, Derrick Felder and Kali Puppolo.

President Cathleen 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 and you have grown personally through participation in cultural, civic and social activities. Most importantly, you have met your academic goals, and prepared yourselves for the future.”