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Virtual Commencement Celebration

Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 7 p.m.

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Join Us: Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Because of social distancing restrictions related to COVID-19, Hudson Valley Community College has replaced its 66th annual Commencement ceremony with an online celebration of the Class of 2020.

The virtual event will be streamed from this page on Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. and will pay tribute to the Class of 2020. All are welcome to view the program honoring the nearly 1,800 students who are receiving a degree or certificate!

Addressing the graduates will be President Roger Ramsammy, United States Senator Charles Schumer; Neil Kelleher, Board of Trustees chairman; WTEN News Anchor John Gray ’83; Student Senate President Zion Sherin ’20, and Professor Jeff Schoonmaker, who retired in May 2020 after 51 years of teaching physics at Hudson Valley. Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Michael Stammel, chairman of the county legislature, also will speak.

American Idol finalist Madison VanDenburg, who attended the college in 2019, will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” to open the celebration, as well as perform at the close of the event. Profiles of graduates and greetings from faculty and staff will be interspersed throughout the program. The student choir also will perform.

The program will include a ceremonial conferral of degrees by President Ramsammy and Judith DiLorenzo, vice president for Academic Affairs.

NOTE: Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Alice Walker is unable to participate in this year’s commencement as was previously announced. Ms. Walker sends her sincere regrets and congratulations to all graduates of the Class of 2020. The college hopes to have Ms. Walker on campus as a special guest speaker at a later date. It’s disappointing news and your understanding is appreciated.

Graduates from the Class of 2020 will be invited to Hudson Valley’s 2021 commencement ceremony next May, as long as circumstances allow.

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Graduation Photo Offer

The college has arranged for each graduate to receive one complimentary 5x7 photo through Island Photography. Graduates will receive an email directly from Island Photography inviting them to upload a photo, which Island Photography will use to create a graduation portrait. The offer for a free 5x7 will be available when you order as well as other photo packages at a reduced cost! Look for this special offer in your Hudson Valley email account in the coming weeks.

Check Your Mail

We are preparing official commemorative commencement programs that will list each graduate’s name, major, and any applicable honors and awards, as long as your graduation application was submitted before May 5. These programs will be sent to confirmed graduates as part of a special "commencement care package" that will include your diploma, your tassel, an official Hudson Valley alumni pin, any honors medallions or awards you have earned, and other special gifts. Fall and Spring graduates will receive these in June, after the college has verified that all degree qualifications have been met. Summer graduates will receive them in September.

Let's Celebrate on Social Media: #HVCCgrads

Join the celebration by completing our social media checklist! Share memories, photos or videos from your time with us using these prompts.

Make sure to tag #HVCCgrads in your posts for a chance to be featured on our social media!

  • Post a photo of your favorite spot on campus, place to study or at your favorite club or extracurricular activity
  • Share a hidden treasure on campus
  • Share a photo of you with your friends and favorites or your favorite memory during your time with us
  • Give a shout out to your favorite faculty and staff
  • Give a shout out to loved ones you want to thank for supporting you during your college experience

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Instagram Story Templates

Instagram Story Template ExampleDownload our Instagram story templates and share to your story with #HVCCgrads!

To Use the Templates

  1. Download as many templates as you want to use to your phone.
  2. Save the templates to your image gallery.
  3. Open Instagram and create a story.
  4. Choose a template from your image gallery and begin to fill in/decorate.
  5. Share with friends and family using #HVCCgrads

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Get in Touch

Student Activities Office
Siek Campus Center, Room 210