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Space Shuttle Commander Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson ’66 Inspires Suffolk Students

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Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, at left, was joined by Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson at a dinner with faculty, staff and students a day after Gibson’s inspirational commencement speech at Suffolk County Community College’s 55th commencement on May 21.

Gibson, a 1966 graduate of Suffolk, presented the college, pictured, with artifacts from his voyages aboard the space shuttle including a Suffolk pennant he carried into space.

“Commander Gibson was impressed by our STEM program and the national recognition we received with the award of more than $2.6 million in grant funding in the past decade, and that our STEM scholars have achieved paid research internships in arenas as varied as NASA, in 6 of the 11 federal laboratories around the nation, and also at the Smithsonian Institute,” said President McKay.

“Commander Gibson spoke passionately about his academic and career pathway – all , in his words, influenced by his start in engineering science at  Suffolk County Community College,” said Suffolk County Community College Professor of Chemistry and NSF SSTEM program chair, Dr. Candice J. Foley.

“STEM programs at Suffolk County Community College include a Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP), a Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and a Liberty Partnerships Program, all funded by the New York State Education Department. Total student enrollment in these programs exceeds 700 students and funded with more than $1 million annually,” said Associate Dean, Continuing Education Nina A. Leonhardt.

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Suffolk County Community College Commencement 2017 Video & Photos

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Commencement 2017

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We proudly congratulate and celebrate our graduating students!

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Newsday: Suffolk County Community College holds its 55th commencement

May 21, 2017 By Christopher Cameron   christopher.cameron@newsday.com

Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President of Suffolk County
Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College, next to Aymer Callejas an Alumi of class 2000 accepts the diploma for his younger brother, Kevin Callejas, who died on May 28, 2016, Dr. James Keane, Executive Dean of the Michael Grant Campus is next to him at the Suffolk County Community College Graduation in Selden, May 21, 2017. (Credit: Marisol Diaz)

Suffolk County Community College held its 55th commencement Sunday in the Health, Sports and Education Center on the Michael J. Grant campus in Brentwood.

Number of graduates

4,174 total degrees awarded.

Commencement speaker

Space Shuttle Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson spoke about his career as a fighter pilot and astronaut, attributing his success to the teachings of his father and the associate degree in engineering science he received from SCCC in 1966. “You are all going to find, just as I did, that the education that you received was excellent preparation,” he said. “I never would have dared to dream that I would get to go to space…Follow your dreams, follow your passion.”

Student speakers

Samantha Reeves, 26, of Bay Shore, who earned an associate degree in communications, could not hold back tears as she spoke of her mother, who died from cancer before she could see her daughter graduate. “A few days before she passed, she made me promise her that I would finish school regardless of how many limits life had to offer,” she said. “This moment, to me, means that I kept my promise to my momma.”

Lucia Mallozzi, of Ronkonkoma, who earned an associate degree in geological and earth sciences, spoke of the challenges she faced early in her studies. “Midsemester, tried to take my own life. Some of you may be thinking ‘Why would she admit to over 4,000 people that she attempted suicide?’ I did because the truth is that … 1 in 50 college students ages 18-24 will attempt to take their own lives,” she said. “It was a hard decision to return to Suffolk, but in hindsight it was the best decision I ever made. Because of Suffolk County Community College, I did not become a statistic.”

Graduates

Joan Bolanos-Martinez, 32, business administration

“Venezuela, right now, is having hard times. I want to help to rebuild my country. All the opportunities that I’m getting here in Suffolk, I owe this to my country.”

Victor Piccini-Ventura, 23, liberal arts

“It feels like I’ve made an impact for myself. And I hope to make an impact on others.”

Anthony Valcourt, 22, business administration

“I want to go back to my country in Haiti. My goal is to create a better opportunity for kids in need, to be able to have a better future just like I did.”

Sumayyah Uddin, 22, liberal arts

“I didn’t really want to leave Suffolk. This really became my second home. I was really shy before I came here, and now I have a bunch of friends. It kind of feels weird to uproot myself all over again.”

Source: Newsday


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Suffolk County Community College January 2017 Graduation

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College Brief November 15, 2016

TO:            The College Community

FROM:     Anna Flack, College Associate Dean/Registrar

SUBJECT:     Graduation Eligibility for January 2017

ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE JANUARY 2017 GRADUATES

Now is the time to apply for graduation if you expect to complete the requirements for an Associate Degree or a One-Year Certificate by January. Apply online by visiting the student portal at MySCCC and selecting Apply for Graduation from the Quick Links for Students menu.

Keep the following items in mind:

  • Submit the application for graduation by December 1st in order to guarantee that the Central Records Office can conduct a preliminary review of your status.
  • Submit the application for graduation in order to be posted as a graduate.
  • Submit the application for graduation whether or not you are planning to attend the graduation ceremony. This will ensure that your diploma contains the correct information.

Why is receiving your degree important?  That’s easy to answer.  If you will be attending another college, your Associate Degree may allow you to transfer more of your Suffolk County Community College credits.  Also, your degree can make possible many employment and scholarship opportunities as well as Alumni Association benefits.  And, finally, your Suffolk County Community College diploma is a testament to your hard work and accomplishment of this important educational goal.

If you have already filed for graduation, please disregard this notice.  We wish you all the best on your academic progress as you approach graduation.


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Suffolk County Community College Commencement 2015 Video #SFLK15

Suffolk County Community College Commencement 2015 Video

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Congratulations SUNY Class of 2015! From Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

The school year has concluded, which can only mean one thing. Graduation season is here and it’s time to recognize the tens of thousands of SUNY graduates that are moving on to the next phases in their lives and careers. Whether our students are transferring to another school to continue their education or finding work with the next big impact company, the fact that you all are joining more than three million other alumni from The State University of New York is a proud accomplishment. The knowledge and education received during your time at SUNY is needed throughout New York and beyond to help educate, care for, and support people from coast to coast and around the world in every sector of the economy.

The commencement festivities have already started and will continue on throughout New York State through the early part of June. While we celebrate, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and all of SUNY would like to offer congratulations and best of luck to all of our graduates. We are all very proud of you. Now go get ’em!

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Suffolk County Community College to Confer Degrees on Record 4,306 Graduates, Ceremony May 17, 2015

Suffolk County Community College will confer degrees on a record 4,306 students at its 2015 commencement – the College’s 53rd — on Sunday May 17, 2015.

Graduation CapsSuffolk County Community College Graduation Facts:
Suffolk County Community College’s Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony is Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the field house of the Health, Sports and Education Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood.  The college is graduating a record 4,306 students.

Grand Marshal
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory will serve as Grand Marshall.

Keynote address
The College will forgo a keynote speaker and instead focus on the graduates and student speakers.

Student Speakers
The college’s student graduation speakers are:

Satoko Matthews representing the Eastern Campus
Satoko Matthews, of East Patchogue, served as the Vice President and finally the president of the Culinary Arts and Baking Club. She also served as captain of the Culinary Knowledge Bowl team and led the team to a win at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Regional Competition and second place at the national competition. Satoko also served as a senator at the Eastern Campus representing the Culinary Department. She is also a recipient of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award.

Her community service includes assisting in the launch of a program through the local ACF Eastern Long Island Chapter’s “Lunch Break for Kids, ” a month-long initiative that involved visits to local schools from Pre-K through high school to educate students about eating healthier. Satoko was also instrumental in the ACF’s launch of the SEED (Sustainable East End Development) charitable event last fall.

Andrea DiMaria representing the Michael J. Grant Campus
Brentwood’s Andrea DiMaria graduated from Brentwood High School in 2012 with an Advanced Regent’s Diploma and was urged to attend Suffolk County Community College by her parents who are strong advocates for community college education. Andrea has two sisters, Danielle who graduated from Suffolk County Community College in 2011 and Gabrielle who is a current Suffolk student.

Andrea’s enthusiasm for being involved has made her a significant part of campus life at the Michael J. Grant Campus.  Andrea was an executive in the Campus Activities Board and took part in hosting common hour events to boost student involvement in campus activities.  She was an outstanding peer mentor and supported new and continuing students as well as assisted in the planning of new student orientation with the Orientation Planning Committee. Andrea was also an active member of the Rotary Volunteer Club. She is graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.

Steven Curcio representing the Ammerman Campus
Patchogue’s Steven Curcio is the 2015 Daniel DePonte Student of the Year.  In addition to being an honors student, a student senator, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, Steven is a Get There From Here scholar, a member of the PTK All New York Academic Team, a Distinguished Student Award winner, a SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner, and a Stay on Long Island scholarship winner.  He is also the winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, a prestigious award given to less than 100 students nationally.

Social Media
The college will be using #SFLK15 hash tag to identify graduation photos, etc. on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. College social media channels are:

Twitter: @SUNYSFLK
Instagram: SUNYSFLK
Facebook: SUNYSFLK
YouTube: SUNYSFLK

Sharks TV

http://stream.sunysuffolk.edu 10AM Sunday May 17, 2015

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Congratulations Suffolk County Community College Class of 2015 #SUNYSFLK2015

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Suffolk Community sees first grandmother/granddaughter team graduate

Emily Espenkotter, 20, and her grandmother, Kathleen Kearney, 66, at Saturday's Suffolk County Community College commencement in Brentwood.

Emily Espenkotter, 20, and her grandmother, Kathleen Kearney, 66, at Sunday’s Suffolk County Community College commencement in Brentwood. (Credit: Espenkotter courtesy)

Standing tall and proud Sunday in a black cap and gown, 66-year-old Kathleen Kearney moved her tassel from the right side to the left, signifying the completion of her associate degree at Suffolk County Community College — and more than a decade’s worth of hard work and determination.

Before accepting her own diploma during ceremonies at the Brentwood campus fieldhouse, Ms. Kearney kept an eye on the aisle as her 20-year-old granddaughter Emily Espenkotter, a Shoreham-Wading River High School graduate, did the same, earning a degree in early childhood development.

It’s the first time in the college’s history that a grandmother and granddaughter have graduated at the same time.

Ms. Kearney, who retired from her 20-year career as a nurse’s aide last May, began pursuing a liberal arts and general studies degree in 1998.

One by one, she completed her classes over a 15-year period, excelling at some but missing the grade with others. Upon retirement, she had just four classes left.

“Emily had said to me last August, ‘How many classes do you need to graduate?’ ” Ms. Kearney recalled. “She asked, ‘Can you finish the degree and we can graduate together?’ ”

The next day, Ms. Kearney was back at Suffolk to sign up for those final classes at the Eastern Campus in Northampton, where Emily was also enrolled.

“Emily gave me the motivation to do it,” she said. “She gave me the push that I needed, and for me it’s a dream come true. To be able to be there with my granddaughter, the feeling is unbelievable.”

Ms. Espenkotter brushed off the praise, calling Ms. Kearney the motivated one and adding that her retirement came at the perfect time.

“It’s nice to see how happy she is,” Ms. Espenkotter said. “She accomplished many things. She’s very hard-working.”

Learning didn’t always come easily for Ms. Kearney.

“It’s physically and mentally draining, and I had a difficult time with math,” she said. Statistics proved the toughest challenge. This semester, she took it for a second time.

“I had to go for the study hall and I had to get a private tutor,” she said, adding that other family members also helped her realize her dream. Her daughter Kelly, Ms. Espenkotter’s mother, helped her purchase a computer and type assignments.

“Everybody helped me,” Ms. Kearney said. “They all wanted to see me succeed. Even my son said, ‘I’m so proud of you, Mom.’ ”

“We always enjoyed it,” Kelly Espenkotter said. “Whenever there was a paper to do, sometimes we would just end up laughing. The paper would get stuck, or we would forget something here or there. It was fun.”

Overall, Ms. Kearney said, students and instructors at Suffolk were warm and helpful — but at least one professor tried to stand in her way.

“He said, ‘I can tell you’re not a very well-read person,” she recalled. “I thought to myself, ‘How rude. I’m an older student. I’m trying to learn.’ ”

Had she been younger, incidents like that might have kept her from moving forward, she said.

“But I’m not a kid anymore,” she said. “I said, ‘I’m going to keep going. I can do this and I will do this.’ ”

So she did.

by |05/19/2014 2:01 PM  cmiller@timesreview.com

Source: Times/Review All Rights Reserved

Suffolk County Community college graduates 4,189

Suffolk County Community college graduates 4,189

Students along with the facility participate in the

Students along with the faculty participate in the Suffolk County Community College Commencement Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. (Credit: Heather Walsh) Read full story on Newsday

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