Largest Graduation Class Ever for GCC

New GCC President Will Address Graduates

The largest graduating class since Genesee Community College was founded in 1966 will don their cap and gowns on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The class of 2012 is expected to top 900 with more than 500 expected to earn degrees in various disciplines from Accounting to Theatre for the just-ended term.

The class will also mark another first: Dr. James Sunser, newly inaugurated president of GCC, will deliver the commencement address for the 44th graduating class, as requested by the College’s Student Government Association. Dr. Sunser’s speech will focus on the students, celebrating their achievements and hard work, and looking ahead to the future. “These students are our next generation of leaders who will influence where we are going,” Dr. Sunser said. “This is a challenging time for all and I want them to understand they are starting opportunities for the immediate future and the next generation. In many ways, they will be shaping the region as they chart their course.”

Commencement will be held in the Genesee Community College Anthony B. Zambito Gymnasium on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm. The class includes students who earned degrees in August of 2011 and January of this year, as well as the current roster of 508 students expected to earn diplomas for the term ending this month.

While the event is open to the public, seats in the gymnasium are reserved for family and friends of graduates. The ceremony will be streamed live throughout the campus through a video cast to the Stuart Steiner Theatre, Lecture Hall T102 and on every monitor on campus – including the Student Union and cafeteria for those who would like to tune in. Tickets are not necessary to watch the ceremony in these areas.

Immediately following commencement, a reception with punch and light refreshments will be hosted in the Forum for all guests and graduates.

The college is also offering free child care services during commencement for children eight weeks to five years of age. Please sign your children up in the Student Activities office or call 585-343-0055 ext 6261.

For more information, contact GCC Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6616, or via email:

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