Associate degrees

Dutchess awards nearly 1,000 associate degrees

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess Community College held its annual graduation ceremony on May 19. The College has awarded 990 associate degrees and career certificates in 48 degree programs to graduates between the ages of 17 and 73. The event took place at the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center in Poughkeepsie with approximately 2,000 people in attendance. The ceremony was broadcast live for those unable to attend.

Graduate speakers included DCC President Peter Grant Jordan, Ed.D., DCC Board Chairman Michael Francis Dupree, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro ’01, and Kim Rybacki, Ph.D. ., who spoke on behalf of the faculty.

In his remarks, President Jordan said, “You and your classmates will forever be remembered as a generation that endured enormous challenges… Personally, I hope they will call you the generation resilient, because you still had to stay engaged. flexible and nimble, adapting to all the curveballs thrown at you by a life-altering pandemic and the endless terms that have come with it.

He added: “You didn’t let it stop you. You continued to work towards your goals. You have adjusted. You stayed focused. You kept the faith. Not only are you better off, we all are. Thanks to your tireless efforts, our businesses can now hire more qualified employees, our municipalities will benefit from a growing workforce… our communities will add smarter, connected and responsible global citizens as neighbors and friends.

Karen Irene Trovato, Ph.D. ’77, received an honorary degree from Dr. Jordan and gave the keynote address. His degree was awarded to honor his substantial contributions to the world through his technological developments in path planning, navigation, robotics and medicine.

Kathleen Fitzmaurice was the student launch speaker this year.