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Clinton Community College Hosts Its Largest Ever Spring Graduation


Wednesday, May 18, 2005



Plattsburgh, NY, …Two hundred ninety graduates will receive associate degrees and certificates at Clinton Community College's thirty-fifth commencement exercises being held on Thursday, May 19, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. in the W. H. Forrence Center gymnasium. This makes the Class of 2005 the largest class in the College's history.

CCC’s Interim President Dr. Agnes Pearl, will preside over the College's thirty-fifth commencement exercises. Extending greetings to the graduates will be Nina D. Coolidge, chair of the CCC Board of Trustees, James R. Langley, Jr., chair of the Clinton County Legislature, Dr. Celine R. Paquette, SUNY Board of Trustees, and Scott Burnam, Academic Services Specialist, on behalf of the CCC Faculty Council. Student Senate President Brian Chesney will address fellow 2005 graduates, followed by student speaker Lisa Boire, the 2005 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipient.

Clarke Herdic, professor of health physical education and recreation, will lead the graduation processional from the main academic building to the ceremony carrying the ceremonial Mace. Professor Herdic, who will retire this year from the College after thirty-six years of dedicated service, personally handcrafted the ceremonial Mace he will carry. Members of the Champlain District Bagpipe Band will lead the processional.

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Janice Padula, Professor of Math and Science. Padula began her outstanding teaching career at CCC in 1988. Of her many contributions, Padula served as Division Coordinator for the Math Science Division for over 12 years, chaired the Curriculum Committee for 6 years, and served a number of years as member of the Academic Council and Strategic Planning committees. Padula is a member of the American Chemical Society, the National Science Teachers Association, the NYS Mathematical Association of the Two-Year College, to name but a few.

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service will be presented to Mary Jo St. Germain. St. Germain began her distinguished career at CCC as College Bursar in 1983. Today, as the College’s Controller, St. Germain manages the financial administration and efficient fiscal management of the College. She is the treasurer of the Community College Business Officers Association, a statewide SUNY organization, and a member of the board of the Peru Central Federal Credit Union and the Sheldon Hill Cemetery Association.

The College's Alumni Association will present the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award to Patricia A. Garrow who graduated Clinton Community College in 1979 with an A.A.S. in accounting. An active member of the community, Garrow has served on a number of area boards. She was a member of the Champlain Valley Family Services Board, and chaired the business campaign for the Plattsburgh State Foundation for five years. In 1995, Garrow chaired the United Way Campaign. She served on the Clinton County Area Development Board, was an ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Rotary Club. Currently, Garrow is on the CCC Board of Trustees (this is her 2nd

appointment) and is a member of the CCC Foundation Board. She serves on the executive committee of Behavioral Health Services North and the advisory board of the Evergreen Valley Nursing Home. Garrow is Vice President and Regional Manager of NBT Bank, in Plattsburgh, New York. She has oversight responsibility for 12 branches from Ogdensburg to Massena and Lake Placid.

Immediately following the presentation of awards, Dr. James M. Brazil, vice president of academic affairs will present the graduation candidates for 2005. President Pearl and CCC Board of Trustees Chair, Nina Coolidge will confer degrees.

This year’s graduating class has 41 students with honors and 22 students with high honors. Class of 2005 valedictorian is Kathryn J. Cooper, graduating from the College’s nursing program. Cooper is from Peru, New York and one of her two daughters, Laura Allen, is a 1993 graduate of the CCC Nursing Program. Kristy Cave, a business administration graduate from Jay, New York is the Class of 2005 salutatorian. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa the National Honor Society of the Two-Year College and was named to the President’s Academic List. Lisa Boire of Plattsburgh received the 2005 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. She plans to pursue a career in Childhood Education. Kevin Young of Ticonderoga, New York will graduate with a degree in business administration and is a University of Albany's Transfer Presidential Scholar recipient.

The College Chorale, under the direction of Saundra Stortz and accompanied by Meghan L. Bosley, will perform the musical selection, "You Raise Me up," by Lovland & Graham Chinn. Student, Jordan Phinney will sing the National Anthem.

A new service is being offered to those attending the CCC Spring Commencement ceremony. A remote, live video broadcast of the graduation ceremony will be provided in the auditorium of the Stafford Center for Art, Science and Technology. People wishing to view the graduation on screen from the auditorium are encouraged to go directly to the Stafford Center upon arrival on campus.

Family and friends are invited to join the graduates for refreshments under the tent just outside of the gymnasium following the commencement exercises.

Clinton Community College is a comprehensive residential college of approximately 2300 students located on historic Bluff Point overlooking Lake Champlain 2 ½ miles south of Plattsburgh, New York. Clinton is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. Clinton is a unit of the State University of New York System.