News and Events
61st Commencement Program: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Class of 2015 Facts and Figures

2,186 graduates

461 honor graduates

Youngest: 17

Oldest: 68

International grads from Canada ,China, France, Germany, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Taiwan

80 percent from the four-county region:

  • Albany County: 685
  • Rensselaer County: 570
  • Saratoga County: 317
  • Schenectady County: 184

News Announcements and Links

VideoWatch Commencement Live: Saturday, May 16
Hosted by Fox 23 and News 10 anchor and Hudson Valley alumnus John Gray, Commencement will be broadcast LIVE here and on Capital Region Time Warner Cable Channel 18 (except in Bethlehem, Delmar, Scotia and Schenectady where the TV broadcast is unavailable) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Cap/Gown, Ticket and Announcement Distribution
You must present the completed order form and a valid Hudson Valley ID (or photo driver's license) to receive your graduation announcements, tickets and cap and gown. These items will be distributed in the Campus Center, Room 204 (second floor) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Degree candidates requiring seating for individuals with disabilities must make the request at cap/gown and ticket distribution days. Caps and gowns will not be distributed at rehearsal.

Commencement Rehearsal and Year-End Party
Friday, May 15, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Assemble in G-lot, located behind the McDonough Field House

Attendance at rehearsal is mandatory!
The Year-End Party for all graduating students will be held immediately following rehearsal in the Student Pavilion.
For more information, please call the Student Activities Office at (518) 629-7348.

Commencement - Saturday, May 16, 2015
Doors open at 7:30 a.m. to Family and Guests
Procession begins at 8:45 a.m.; Assemble at 7:30 a.m.
Live Coverage: 8:30 a.m. - noon
To prepare for Commencement, all graduates should report to G-Lot behind McDonough at 7:30 a.m. In the event of rain, graduates will assemble inside McDonough.
Graduates and guests also are invited to attend a reception at the Student Pavilion following Commencement.
By participating in Commencement, graduates and guests grant consent to be filmed and photgraphed.

Guide to Commencement 2014Location
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

Seating in the stadium is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. [Campus Map and Directions]

Location in case of inclement weather: McDonough Sports Complex
This will be announced on the college’s homepage.

Each Student Receives Five Tickets
Visit for IMPORTANT information on limited ticket access due to inclement weather.

DVD Recordings
DVD recordings of the Commencement ceremony and/or the Student Honors and Awards ceremony may be ordered at a cost of $15 each. Orders also will be taken at each ceremony. [DVD Order Form]

For more information, contact the Faculty Student Association Business Office, Campus Center, Room 240, or at (518) 629-7181. DVD recordings will be mailed in early June.

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after Commencement. Please call (518) 629-4574 if you prefer to pick up your diploma at the Registrar's Office, Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 136.

Photographer at Commencement
GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or at
Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

Refreshments and Items for Sale
Refreshments are provided at no cost until 8:45 a.m. at the first baseline pavilion. Stadium concessions will sell various food and drinks after that time. Flowers and commemorative items also will be sold on site.

Flowers available for purchase at Commencement
Flowers will be sold by Frank Gallo & Son Florist. Prices are as follows:
Dozen roses: $30
Half dozen roses: $20
Assorted flowers bouquet: $25

Pay it forward with a donation of $20.15 to the Senior Gift Campaign
Congratulations, and welcome to the Hudson Valley Community College Alumni Association!

Every year alumni choose to "pay it forward" by investing in your education and your success. Now, we hope that you will join them in giving to Hudson Valley Community College's annual campaign to support scholarships, academic program enrichments and campus improvements. Make your first alumni gift of $20.15 to the Senior Gift Campaign. Show your support for Hudson Valley and give back to those who follow in your footsteps. Please make your donation today by visiting or using the contribution card.

Congratulations on your graduation. Please keep in touch – we want to hear about all your successes!

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium and the McDonough Sports Complex are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Individuals with special needs, including the need for an interpreter, should contact the Center for Access and Assistive Technology, at (518) 629-7154 or TDD (518) 629-7596 at least two weeks in advance.