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Suffolk County Community College January 2017 Graduation

Suffolk County Community College

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

TV Slide Class of 2015

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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

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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

Watch the time lapse video of graduation!

Photos and program updated available on Suffolk County Community College Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SuffolkCCC

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Watch Suffolk County Community College Commencment live online 10AM Sunday 5/18

Largest Class Ever, Mother-Daughter and Grandmother-Granddaughter Among Record 4,189 Degree Recipients

Suffolk County Community College will confer degrees on a record 4,189 students at its 2014 commencement on Sunday May 18, including a grandmother and granddaughter and mother daughter graduates.

Kathleen Kearney, 66, of Sayville will graduate with her granddaughter, Emily Espenkotter, 20, of Shoreham and Shirley residents Deborah Rehm, 56 and her daughter Amanda Rehm, 23 will each receive degrees at Suffolk’s 52nd commencement.

Kearney said she credits her granddaughter with motivating her to complete her degree.

“I had been taking a courses here and there while I was working as a nurse’s aide,” said Kearney who enrolled at Suffolk in 1997. “My granddaughter, Emily, asked me how many courses I needed to complete my degree and urged me to graduate with her. She motivated me,” said Kearney, who will graduate with a degree in Liberal Arts and General Studies. Kearney said the she has been bitten by the learning bug and plans to continue her education at Empire State College and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Granddaughter Emily, a 2012 graduate of Shoreham Wading River High School, majored in early childhood development, Kearney said.

Deborah Rehm, 56, and her daughter Amanda, 23, are excited to be graduating together. Deborah said she plans to continue her education at St. Josephs College and her goal is to open a health care business. Rehm said her daughter Amanda will be attending Stony Brook University this fall and dreams of becoming an art teacher.

“I had a wonderful experience,” Deborah Rehm said.

Suffolk County Community College Graduation Facts
Suffolk County Community College’s Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony is Sunday, May 18, 2014 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 4,189 students.

Social Media
The college will be using #SUNYSFLK2014 hash tag to identify graduation photos etc. on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Our social media channels are: Twitter: @SUNYSFLK, Instagram SUNYSFLK and Facebook SUFFOLKCCC

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Umaru Jalloh ’09 Sierra Leonean Civil War Refugee Graduates Columbia University 2014

Sierra Leonean Civil War Refugee Graduates Columbia University

May 12, 2014 Umaru Jollah, Columbia GS graduateContact: Anna O’Sullivan

347-268-8382  347-268-8382
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sierra Leonean Civil War Refugee Graduates Columbia University

NEW YORK, May 12, 2014—On Oct. 2, 1992,with his brother on his shoulder and mother and sister close behind, Umaru Jalloh ran for his life as grenades exploded and bullets screeched by his head. Twenty-two years later, Jalloh, a 42-year-old Sierra Leonean refugee who has endured personal tragedies such as homelessness and triumphs as a dean’s list student, will graduate from Columbia University School of General Studies May 19 at 9 a.m. in New York City.

Jalloh—the first person in his family to graduate elementary school—could not be more thrilled to earn his B.A. in anthropology.

“I am dedicating my degree not only to my sister, who was forced to drop out of school in second grade because she is female, but also to my brother who also was forced to drop out because of a disability.  I am indebted not only to them, but to all girls and children with disabilities living in marginal circumstances everywhere,” Jalloh said.

Education is not only Jalloh’s personal mission, but it was also his pathway to the United States in 2002. As a political refugee in one of the largest refugee camps in Guinea, he learned from a United Nations field worker of a teacher shortage for English-speaking refugee children in the Guinean capital, Conakry. It was there he met an American who was volunteering at the school who eventually encouraged Jollah to come to the United States to work as a camp counselor in Wading River, N.Y.

“After working at Camp Wolfson and learning new skills from program management and wilderness survival, my desire to be a college-educated, certified teacher was even stronger, and in the fall of 2006, I enrolled at Suffolk County Community College—17 years after graduating from high school. I felt reborn,” Jalloh said.

At SCCC, Jollah was a straight A student and the president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. His success at SCCC led him to apply to Columbia University School of General Studies for the spring of 2010.

“When I enrolled at Columbia University, I struggled not only with health issues, but also homelessness.  The School of General Studies, however, stood by me through these tough times, with tuition, housing and medical assistance.  I’ve made life-long friendships; I always felt welcome; and I could not be prouder to be a GS alumnus and a member of the Columbia community,” Jollah said.

After graduation, Umaru Jollah would like to study the history of technology through a joint program through the University of Pennsylvania and the Franklin Institute Museum where he serves as a science fair volunteer.  He has also begun plans to open an inclusive school in rural Sierra Leone called Fairplay Academy to ensure all students receive a quality education.

The School of General Studies of Columbia University is a liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for students with nontraditional backgrounds seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full- or part-time. GS students take the same courses, with the same faculty, and earn the same degree as all other Columbia undergraduates. For more information about Umaru Jalloh or the School of General Studies graduation, contact Anna O’Sullivan at 347-268-8382 347-268-8382 or email ao2255@columbia.edu.

Source: Columbia University

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