Commencement 2016

August 12th, 2016 Posted in Alumni News & Events

“You are all ready for the next step”

Newly inaugurated as Cayuga eighth President, Dr. Brian Durant greeted the graduates on Sunday, May 22, and offered them a challenge. “You are all ready for the next step, we look forward to watching you and seeing what you can achieve in the future.”  He told the students to continue to learn and recognize the contributions they can make during their lives regardless of the career paths they choose.  Professor Loraine Miller ’73 served as Mace Bearer and Professors Howard Nelson and Thomas Casella were recognized as Professors Emeritus.  Receiving Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were Prof. Robert Humphrey, Jr. PhD and Prof. Joel Y. Humphrey, PhD.  William DeMott and Michelle Speech received Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and Cayuga maintenance worker Ernest Leonard received Excellence in Classified Service.

The graduating class was joined by faculty, family and friends in Spartan Hall gym for the college’s 62nd-annual commencement. SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners for Student Excellence Martha Caster ’16 and Rebecca McDonald ’16, served as the College’s commencement speakers.  Martha spoke about her experiences which had been both rewarding and embarrassing.  She advised her fellow graduates to grow from their mistakes and push themselves.  Rebecca shared that she benefited from Cayuga in several ways, and shared that she will treasure her time involved in the extracurricular programs and the relationships she formed at CCC.

Also recognized during the ceremony were the 2016 Alumni Award Winners; John E. Walsh ’65, Col. Thomas J. Powell, USAF (Ret.) ’66, Dr. Brian J. Kelly ’95 and Lori A. Cochran ’05.  They were presented with their awards by Dr. Durant and Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, and were received at a reception in their honor directly following Commencement.

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