State Senator Catharine Young to Speak at GCC Commencement

A Livingston County native who represents the 57th District in the New York State Senate comes to Genesee Community College on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Batavia, NY- A Livingston County native who represents the 57th District in the New York State Senate comes to Genesee Community College on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Senator Catharine Young will deliver the Commencement Address to this year’s graduating class during a ceremony that begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium on the Batavia Campus.

Senator Young grew up on a third-generation dairy and crops farm in Livingston County and for several years has been recognized by the New York State Farm Bureau for her support of agricultural issues. She attended SUNY Fredonia and graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in Mass Communication. In 2008, she received United University Professions’ Friend of SUNY award.

Elected to the State Senate in 2005, she had served the previous six years in the State Assembly. Prior to that, she was a member of the Cattaraugus County Legislature and the Cattaraugus County Board of Health.

Senator Young has held numerous leadership positions in her public service career, including Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore in the State Assembly and Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture. She also co-chaired the Administrative Regulations Review Commission, focused on reducing regulations and red tape that impede job growth. She currently chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, which works to develop legislation to revitalize communities, help families buy and preserve homes, and create safe, affordable rental housing. She also chairs the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, aimed at strengthening rural communities throughout Upstate New York.

Senator Young has become a recognized voice on tax relief, economic growth, job creation and government reform. She has also authored numerous laws to protect families. She lives with her husband, Richard, and their three children in Olean where she also serves as a major in the Civil Air Patrol.
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 on campus through a video cast to the Stuart Steiner Theatre, 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 Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email:

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Editor’s notes:
-A photograph of Senator Young is available at:

-There will be a pre-Commencement Media Hour at 12:00 noon introducing members of the media to a handful of graduating Genesee students, whose achievements represent some of the College’s best and brightest.