Genesee's Class of 2009 is 41st Graduating Class

When:       Sunday, May 17, 2009
                 12:00 pm - Pre-commencement Media Hour (President’s Board Room)
                  1:00 pm - Commencement Ceremony (Zambito Gymnasium)

Where:    Genesee Community College
                  One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Who:         Genesee’s Class of 2009, the 41st graduation class
                  Commencement Speaker: Dr. Ruth Andes

Genesee Community College’s 41st graduating class will be recognized at a Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm. A media hour will be held at 12:00 pm in the President’s Board Room, which will provide an opportunity to meet and interview several outstanding Genesee students including: Jennifer Bryant (Batavia), Danielle Collins (Pavilion), Felix A. Correa-Hernandez (Guatire, Venezuela), Frank C. Pombert (Albion), and Kathryn Scarborough (South Alabama).

The 2009 Commencement ceremony will mark the 20,000th student graduating from Genesee Community College since the first Commencement in 1968.

The Commencement 2009 speaker is Dr. Ruth Andes, Genesee’s Professor of Sociology and Assistant Dean of Assessment and Special Projects. Dr. Andes has been a member of Genesee's faculty since 1970 and intends to retire this June. She is the most-honored SUNY award recipient at Genesee Community College, and she is also believed to have received more SUNY-wide academic honors than any faculty member in the entire 64-college State University of New York. She was the first-ever recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Genesee (1973) and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2004). In 2006, the State University of New York conferred the rare title of "Distinguished Professor" on Dr. Andes. At that time, she was one of only three community college professors in the SUNY system to have received that honor. A photograph of Ruth Andes is available by going to

Genesee’s Commencement program will be cablecast live on Sunday on the Time-Warner Educational Access channel (Ch.15 in Genesee and part of Wyoming County, and Ch. 6 in Livingston County).