2016 Commencement Activities

Class of 2016 Facts and Figures

Graduates: 2,058

Honor Graduates: 448

Youngest: 16

Oldest: 70

Veteran Graduates: 94

International grads from 32 countries

79 percent (1,575 students) from the four-county region:

  • Albany County: 643
  • Rensselaer County: 533
  • Saratoga County: 253
  • Schenectady County: 146

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Thursday, May 12, 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Rehearsal for Student Honors and Awards Ceremony in McDonough Sports Complex

Friday, May 13

Rehearsal for Commencement Ceremony: 10 – 11 a.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex

Year-end Party: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Siek Campus Center, second floor

Student Honors and Awards Ceremony in the McDonough Sports Complex: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14

62nd Annual Commencement Ceremony in the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
Doors open to family/guests at 7:30 a.m.
Graduates assemble in the G-lot, located behind McDonough Sports Complex at 7:30 a.m.
Procession begins at 8:45 a.m.

Post-Commencement Celebration at the Student Pavilion at 11:30 a.m.
Graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.

CommencementAbout Commencement

The Commencement Ceremony will highlight the diverse and remarkable achievements of more than 2,000 Hudson Valley Community College graduates. Students must have submitted a completed degree application to the Registrar's Office by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31 to be eligible to participate in Commencement.

Seating will be organized by division (Business, Engineering and Industrial Technologies, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences). Each graduate will be individually announced and congratulated by President Drew Matonak. Graduates must then return to their seats for the duration of the ceremony.



Live Video Stream and Televised Coverage

DVD Recordings



Event Photography

Refreshments and Items for Sale

Senior Gift Campaign

Individuals with Disabilities

Public Safety/Health Services

Directions, Campus Map and Parking

Inclement Weather Policy

Contact Information
For more information on Commencement-related activities, contact the Student Activities Office at (518) 629-7348. For more information on Student Honors and Awards-related activities, contact the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development at (518) 629-7307.