WATERTOWN – Jefferson Community College will hold its 50th annual commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday in the McVean Student Center Gymnasium.
The Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees has formally dedicated the 50th commencement ceremony to JCC’s first graduating class of 1965. Thirty-six students graduated on June 12, 1965, and each was awarded an associate of applied science degree in business, an associate in applied science degree in engineering science or an associate of arts degree in liberal arts.
Distinguished Jefferson Community College alumnus and professor emeritus Richard F. Young, class of 1968, will give the keynote address at the commencement exercises.
Young, a member of Jefferson Community College’s fourth graduating class, retired from JCC in 2012 after 41 years of service. In addition to his associate of arts degree in liberal arts, he holds a bachelor of arts in liberal arts-speech from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master of arts degree from the University of Oregon.
Young holds the distinction of JCC’s longest serving member of the campus community. During his four-decade tenure, primarily as a professor of speech communication, he taught thousands of students, chaired or served on hundreds of committees, provided thoughtful guidance to colleagues and mentored new faculty members.
He served as president of the Faculty Association for seven years, was a 25-year member of the Faculty Student Association, and a member of the JCC Foundation Board of Directors. In 1978, he was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and honored again in 2006 with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellent in Faculty Service.
It is anticipated that more than 600 graduates in the Class of 2014 will be awarded degrees or certificates.
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. The ceremony will be simulcast in the air-conditioned Sturtz Theater, and tickets are not required for entrance to the Sturtz Theater. The commencement exercises will be video-streamed through JCC’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.
A reception for graduates and guests will be held in the Jules Center Commons immediately following the ceremony.
Additional commencement information for students and guests is available at www.sunyjefferson.edu/commencement or by calling 786-2234.
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