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05/20/2006
Hudson Valley Community College to hold 52nd Commencement Today
SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan to give commencement address

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071or (518) 248-4555 (cell)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, May 20, 2006

WHO: Hudson Valley Community College’s Class of 2006; this year, approximately 1,700 men and women will graduate.
WHAT: The students will receive their associate degrees and certificates at the college’s 52nd Commencement ceremony. Former U.S. Navy Vice Admiral John R. Ryan, chancellor of the State University of New York, will give the commencement address.
WHEN:

Processional begins at 8:50 a.m., with ceremony starting promptly at 9 a.m. TODAY (Saturday, May 20, 2006).

WHERE:

Field House at the McDonough Sports Complex
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

DETAILS:

Graduates will receive associate degree and certificates in more than 60 different programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Members of the Class of 2006 range in age from 18 to 66, and more than 350 students have graduated with honors, which means they achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 through the semester prior to graduation (the Fall 2005 semester, for those students graduating in May 2006).

Today’s graduates join the ranks of more than 60,000 Hudson Valley alumni, 80 percent of whom live in the Capital Region. Approximately half of those graduates will transfer to a four-year college or university; the remaining graduates will enter the workforce, pursuing careers in fields ranging from dental hygiene, nursing and chemical dependency counseling to law enforcement, accounting, and information technology.