Commencement Activities

Class of 2018 Facts and Figures

Graduates: 2,010

Honor Graduates: 453

Youngest: 17

Oldest: 67

Veteran Graduates: 76

International grads from 37 countries

81 percent (1,619 students) from the four-county region:

  • Albany County: 664
  • Rensselaer County: 491
  • Saratoga County: 298
  • Schenectady County: 166

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Friday, May 11

Student Honors and Awards Ceremony: 6 - 8 p.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex
This ceremony recognizes the college's highest achieving graduates who have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or above, as well as special award recipients. Invited students, their guests, and faculty and staff may attend. Students must wear their academic regalia (cap and gown) and check in by 5 p.m. at the Conway Ice Rink in the McDonough Sports Complex. Award recipients not graduating should wear business casual attire. Guests should arrive prior to the start of the 6 p.m. ceremony and be seated in the field house. There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Call (518) 629-7307 for more information.
Student Honors and Awards Ceremony Video Guide

Saturday, May 12

64th Annual Commencement Ceremony in the McDonough Sports Complex
Doors open in the main ceremony area and overflow viewing areas to family/guests at 7:30 a.m.
Graduates assemble in the McDonough Sports Complex lobby at 7:30 a.m.
Procession begins at 8:45 a.m.

Each graduate was issued up to five tickets (three green; two white).

  • With the ceremony being moved to the McDonough Sports Complex:
    • Three green tickets allow access to the main ceremony area in the McDonough Sports Complex, field house.
    • Two white tickets allow access to overflow viewing areas on campus where the ceremony is shown on video. These include the Conway Ice Rink (located in the McDonough Sports Complex), the Maureen Stapleton Theatre (located in the Siek Campus Center), Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium and meeting rooms, and Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center lecture hall (room 100). Campus Map and Directions
    • Note: Guests with disabilities holding blue tickets will be admitted to the McDonough field house and directed to special seating.

Live Video Stream and Televised Coverage
Watch Commencement Live: Saturday, May 12
Hosted by news anchor and Hudson Valley alumnus John Gray, Commencement will be broadcast LIVE online and on Spectrum channel 1301 in the Capital Region (except in Glens Falls and Schenectady where the TV broadcast is unavailable) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Post-Commencement Celebration: 11:30 a.m. in the Conway Ice Rink (located in the McDonough Sports Complex)
Graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception immediately following the Commencement ceremony.

CommencementAbout Commencement

The college's Commencement ceremony will highlight the diverse and remarkable achievements of approximately 2,000 Hudson Valley Community College graduates.

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



Event Photography

Refreshments and Items for Sale

Senior Gift Campaign

Public Safety/Health Services

Directions, Campus Map and Parking

Individuals with Disabilities

More Information/Questions

For more information on Commencement-related activities, contact the Student Activities Office in the Siek Campus Center, Room 210; call (518) 629-7348 or email