Genesee Community College Readies for Commencement 2010

42nd Annual Ceremony Features SUNY Chancellor as Speaker

As the spring semester at Genesee Community College winds down, students, faculty and staff are preparing for the 42nd annual commencement ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 1:00pm. The College is honored to host commencement speaker, SUNY Chancellor, Dr. Nancy Zimpher.

Genesee’s Commencement 2010 will feature for the first time, students who have completed their degrees in the Distance Learning format, which includes online coursework. The first student, Kelly Caracciolo is from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. She earned a Business degree completely online and will set foot on campus for the first time on graduation day. She is currently working for a university in Trinidad and hopes to one day start a bachelor’s degree at a college in her home country.

The second student, Rebekah Stanley, started her degree attending classes on campus and in 2005 moved to Wagontown, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) following employment opportunities. She decided to finish her Business degree from Genesee by completing online courses. Originally from Albion, NY, Rebekah will return to her home state for graduation in May. Rebekah has big plans to put her Business degree to good use. As an avid horse lover and soon to be entrepreneur, she is in the process of developing a ministry program that includes horsemanship camps, riding lessons and working with children.

This year’s commencement speaker, Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, began serving as SUNY Chancellor in June 2009. In her role, Dr. Zimpher is the Chief Executive Officer of SUNY, providing overall leadership and direction to the 64-campus system. Prior to her arrival at SUNY, she served as President of the University of Cincinnati; Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges and Dean of the College of Education at Ohio State University.

Dr. Zimpher’s first three months as the SUNY Chancellor were marked by a tour of the State University’s 64 campuses. During these visits, she met campus presidents, trustees and college council members, faculty, staff, and students; observed facilities; and reviewed strengths and opportunities at each campus. A year later and after a comprehensive study and planning process, Dr. Zimpher is now launching one of the most expansive strategic plans in higher education. She presented the Strategic Plan at a collaborative event among SUNY institutions from central New York on April 27, outlining ways SUNY can help lead the way to an economic revival in New York State. A comprehensive view of this plan is available at:

“It is a great honor to have Chancellor Zimpher coming to Genesee Community College for Commencement this year to share her insight about the future of SUNY and New York State with our graduates,” Genesee President Stuart Steiner said. “We welcome her to our commencement stage and look forward to hearing her inspirational message.”

For additional information regarding Genesee Community College’s Commencement activities please contact Donna Rae Sutherland at 585-343-0055 x6616 or .

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Editor’s Note: A media hour will be held at 12:00pm on May 23 in the President’s Board Room, which will provide an opportunity to meet and interview several outstanding Genesee students