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Clinton to Hold December Commencement


Thursday, December 11, 2014


December Commencement
Friday, December 12, 2014
6:00 PM
Forrence Center Gymnasium


The annual December Commencement will take place at Clinton Community College with 145 students eligible for graduation and 150 total Degrees and Certificates being awarded. 33 students will be graduating summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude; 23 are Phi Theta Kappa honor society members, and 3 are Clinton County Presidential Scholars.


Class of December 2014 Valedictorian and student speaker is Wayne Terpstra, Jr. Originally from Higsley, Arizona, Wayne relocated to Plattsburgh as a child and graduated from Peru High School in 2004. Wayne began working after high school, and in the fall of 2012, decided to pursue higher education and began his study at Clinton Community College. Wayne is graduating with his Associate’s Degree in Human Services, and a Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling. In addition to his studies, Wayne was an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, The Student Senate, and The Human Services Club. After graduation, Wayne plans to continue his pursuit of higher education, while working full-time as an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor within the local community. Wayne is currently married and has two children, who are his joy in life.


Class of December 2014 Salutatorian is Mary-Ali Taft. Mary-Ali will receive her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science. She is from Morrisonville, New York where she is a parishioner of St. Alexander's Church. During her time at Clinton Community College, Mary-Ali has been an active member of Phi Theta Kappa and she has served as club Secretary for one semester. Mary-Ali has been accepted to SUNY Plattsburgh for the Spring semester where she will pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Broadcast Management.


Local businessman and former College Trustee William H. Forrence will be presented with an honorary degree in Business Administration.


The ceremony is open to the public.