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05/19/2007
Hudson Valley Community College Hosts 53rd Commencement Today
Class of 2007 is the largest graduating class in college's history

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 378-3835 (cell)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, May 19, 2006

WHO: Hudson Valley Community College's Class of 2007; this graduating class is the largest in the college's history, with 1,830 students eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
WHAT: The students will receive their associate's degrees and certificates at the college's 53rd Commencement ceremony. Alumnus Robert M. Chiusano '70, the recently retired executive vice president and special assistant to the president of Rockwell Collins, a global, Fortune 500 aviation and aeronautics company, will give the commencement address.
WHEN:

9 a.m. TODAY (Saturday, May 19, 2007).

WHERE:

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

DETAILS:

Graduates will receive associate's degree and certificates in more than 70 different areas of study in four academic schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Members of the Class of 2007 range in age from 17 to 64, and 98 percent of them live in the four counties that comprise the Capital Region: Albany (38 percent); Rensselaer (32 percent); Saratoga (16 percent); and Schenectady (12 percent).

Today's graduates join the ranks of Hudson Valley's 63,060 alumni, 80 percent of whom live in the Capital Region. Approximately half of this year's 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.