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College Celebrates 61st Commencement; 2,186 Students to Graduate

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Producers/News Directors: To download video highlights after the ceremony, utilize an FTP program, and visit - enter username: "hvccevents" and password: "hvccevents"

Hudson Valley Community College holds its 61st annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at the college’s Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY. A total of 2,186 students earn associate degrees and certificates. Of them, 461 graduate with academic honors.

The majority of graduates (80 percent) are from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties, yet the class of 2015 also includes graduates from nine countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. They range in age from 17 to 68; 381 students enrolled as an online student; and 94 are members of the military or veterans.

Academic departments with the largest number of graduates:
Individual Studies: 293
Business Administration: 281
Criminal Justice: 161
Electrical Construction and Maintenance: 92
Nursing: 90
Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science: 90
Computer Information Systems: 90
Human Services: 65
Early Childhood: 51

John Gray, local news anchor and college alumnus, hosts the live broadcast on Time Warner Cable channel 18 (where available) and online video stream from 8:30 to noon.

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When: Saturday, May 16, 2015

  • Doors open to guests at 7:30 a.m.
  • Graduates assemble at 7:30 a.m. in G-Lot behind the McDonough Sports Complex
  • Ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m.
Where: Hudson Valley Community College
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
Inclement weather location: McDonough Sports Complex

Speakers: Drew Matonak, President
Conrad H. Lang, Jr., Chair, Board of Trustees
Grace Harrison, Student Senate President
Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino
Rensselaer County Legislature Chair Martin Reid

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.