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Largest Graduating Class at Hudson Valley Community College
54th Commencement set for Saturday, May 17
Commencement to be Aired On Time Warner Cable Channel 3

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071 or (518) 378-3835 cell
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hudson Valley Community College will celebrate its 54th commencement on Saturday, May 17 with 1,842 students eligible to participate, the largest class in the history of the college.

In addition, the college will see a record number of honor graduates – those students who completed their studies with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Among the 2008 graduates, 433 achieved honor status.

The college’s 54th commencement ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in the field house at the McDonough Sports Complex on the college’s Troy campus. The ceremony also will be aired live on Time Warner Cable Channel 3 starting at 8:30 a.m.

This year, the college will graduate 1,842 men and women who will earn associate degrees and certificates from 70 degree and certificate programs offered through four schools: School of Business; School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies; School of Health Sciences; and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Typically, half of Hudson Valley’s graduates transfer to a four-year college or university after earning their associate degrees; the remaining graduates enter the workforce, pursuing careers in fields ranging from dental hygiene, nursing and chemical dependency counseling to law enforcement, accounting, and information technology to automotive repair, HVAC technical services and semiconductor manufacturing.

This has been a busy academic year at the college, with the institution of several new academic degrees and certificates, including: Architectural Technology, Criminal Investigation, Gallery Management and Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.

This year’s class predominantly comes from the Capital Region, but graduates also come from around the world, including Canada, Israel, Turkey and Korea.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.

One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.