Media Alert: GCC’s 47th Commencement Ceremony

What: GCC’s 47th Commencement Ceremony

When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 ~ 1:00 p.m.
-Pre-Commencement Media Hour from 12 – 12:45 p.m.
Meet exceptional members Class of 2015
President’s Conference Room
-Live-streaming of the event begins at 12:45 p.m. EST []

Where: Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium
GCC Batavia Campus
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Hundreds of GCC students will march into the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium THIS Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1 p.m. to receive degrees and certificates during the forty-seventh annual commencement ceremony at Genesee Community College. The Batavia Brass Society will provide music for the event and GCC student (Class of 2016) Samantha Marchisins will sing “God Bless America.”

Robert J. Bennett will be receiving the Alpha Medal of Service Award from the GCC Foundation.

President James Sunser will be introducing this year’s keynote speaker, Kristin Skarie. From Fairport, NY, Skarie is founder and president of Teamworks, an international consulting firm based in Rochester that is dedicated to sustainable leadership and the development of effective teams and collaboration. She is the author of “A Year of Nothing New—Tools for Living Lean and Green,” and while doing an intensive, study abroad trip as a resident director for the Semester at Sea, she delivered a TEDx talk while in Helsinki, Finland. Her book is available at GCC’s Book Store, which will be open on Sunday from 11a.m. – 3 p.m.

Following Skarie’s address, graduates will be presented and degrees conferred. Commencement will recognize more than 600 students including those completing programs of study in August 2014, January 2015, May 2015 and August 2015.

Again this year, GCC will be live-streaming the ceremony allowing parents and family members from around the globe to watch their graduates participate in the commencement ceremony. To view the event through the Internet go to:

Commencement is open to the public, but the seating in the gymnasium is reserved for family and friends of graduates and requires a ticket for entry. The ceremony will also be video cast internally throughout the Batavia campus and can be viewed in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, room T102 of the Conable Technology Building and on every campus monitor including those in the Student Union and cafeteria. Tickets are not required to watch the ceremony in these areas.

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

The college provides child care services at no cost during commencement for children eight weeks to five years of age. To register a child, please contact the Student Activities Office at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6261.

For further information, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x 6616 or

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Editor’s note: The annual Pre-Commencement Media Hour from 12 – 12:45 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room provides the opportunity for members of the media to meet a few exceptional graduates from the class of 2015.