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May 16, 2014

PSU, CCC diplomas to be awarded

PLATTSBURGH — At Clinton Community College's Spring Commencement tonight, 260 students will graduate and 268 total degrees and certificates will be awarded. 

Sixty-five students will graduate summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude; 34 are Phi Theta Kappa honor society members, and 15 are Clinton County Presidential Scholars, according to a news release from the college.

Class of 2014 valedictorian and student speaker at the 6 p.m. ceremony is Jason Guennel of Plattsburgh, who will graduate with an Associate of Science degree in individual studies. 

He previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from SUNY Plattsburgh, but in preparation for a career change, he took prerequisites at CCC for a program in physical therapy. An active member of the college’s Student Senate for the 2013-2014 academic year, he has been accepted to Clarkson University for its Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program.

Salutatorian is Johanah Turner from Westmount, Canada, who will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice. She has applied to SUNY Plattsburgh, where she will carry a double major in criminal justice and psychology.

Also at commencement, businessman George Moore of Keeseville will be presented with an honorary degree in business administration.

The ceremony in the William H. Forrence Center (gymnasium), is open to the public.

SUNY PLATTSBURGH EVENTS

SUNY Plattsburgh’s spring commencement is set for Saturday, May 17, with nearly 1,100 students from the Plattsburgh and Queensbury campuses honored at two ceremonies.

Scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Field House gymnasium, the first is for students graduating with degrees from the Division of Education, Health and Human Services and the School of Business and Economics.

The second ceremony, set for 2 p.m. in the gym, is for students who have earned degrees in the Division of Arts and Science. 

Student speaker Kym Taylor of Chazy will address the graduates at the morning ceremony, with Matt McDonald of Red Hook as student speaker at the 2 p.m. event.

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