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Largest-Ever Graduating Class This Saturday for Hudson Valley Community College Commencement
2,074 Students Eligible to Participate

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Remarks by President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D.

Commencement Program
Graduates listed reflect those whose names were submitted by March 31, 2011.

Hudson Valley Community College will celebrate its 57th Commencement on Saturday, May 21, with 2,074 students eligible to participate, the largest graduating class in the history of the college. The ceremony is being held in the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium to accommodate the record number of graduates and their guests.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011
7:45 a.m. – Graduates will start lining up in the G-Lot behind the McDonough Sport Complex
***This is ideal time to interview graduates.

8:45 a.m. – Procession/Ceremony begins. Graduates and Platform Party will process in from the left field side of the stadium.
Where: Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
Speakers: Drew Matonak, president, Hudson Valley Community College
Dr. Robert H. Hill, chairman, Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees
Kathy Jimino, Rensselaer County Executive
Martin Reid, chairman, Rensselaer County Legislature

Additional facts:

  • This is the largest graduating class in the history of Hudson Valley Community College - 2,074 graduates, the majority of which come from the Capital Region. The youngest is 18 and the oldest graduate is 64.
  • In 2010 the college had 2,020, and in 2009, 1,732 graduates. The college's first Commencement in 1955 had 72 graduates.
  • This year, we also have the largest number of honor graduates (GPA of 3.5 and higher) in the history of the college. There are 489 honor graduates in the Class of 2011.
  • Graduates this year represent the following countries: Canada, China, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guyana, Israel, Nigeria, Poland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.
  • The program graduating the largest number of students this year is Individual Studies with 389 graduates, followed by the Business Administration AAS program with 161, and the Criminal Justice program with 147 students. The largest number of graduates in the School of Health Sciences is Nursing with 107, while the largest in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies is Electrical Construction and Maintenance with 66 graduates.
  • This year we have our first graduates in the Digital Media certificate and Disabilities Studies certificate programs.
  • The Capital Region economy annually receives roughly $51.2 million in income due to college operations.
  • Hudson Valley is the second-largest institution of higher learning in the Capital Region and the fifth largest community college in New York State.
  • Top transfer schools: (Class of 2010)
    • University at Albany
    • The College of Saint Rose
    • Siena College
    • Sage Colleges
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Some of our graduates are going directly to work for Catholic Charities, General Electric Power Systems, National Grid, Albany Medical Center, The Center for Disability Services, GlobalFoundries, Time Warner Cable, and SUNY's College of Nanoscale Science.
  • The college recently learned it was one of 120 high-achieving two-year institutions eligible for the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The eligibility puts Hudson Valley among the top ten percent of the nation's community colleges, according to The Aspen Institute, which is offering the $1 million prize.

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