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Distinguished Alumni

The truest measure of the success of Jefferson Community College lies in the many accomplishments of its alumni. Each year the Alumni Association celebrates the achievements of Jefferson alumni by honoring a select number of individuals who excel in their professional fields, exhibit early career successes, are positive role models for current students, demonstrate leadership and service to their communities, and bring honor and distinction to Jefferson through their professional and personal accomplishments. More than 90 alumni have been honored as Distinguished Alumni since the program's inception in 1989. The 2017 Distinguished Alumni were honored at a ceremony held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Watertown Elks Club.

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The 2017 Distinguished Alumni recipients are:

Michelle CaponeMichelle Capone
Jeffersonian Award
Michelle Capone, 1995


Jeff ColeJeff Cole
Community Service Award
Jeff Cole, WWNY 


Sonya A. CominsSonya A. Comins
Professional Achievement Award
Sonya A. Comins, 1993


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Jefferson Community College Distinguished Alumni honors are determined by a selection committee and are considered in the following categories:

  • The Rising Star Award recognizes a graduate of the past fifteen years who is advancing in his/her career field.
  • The Professional Achievement Award recognizes a graduate who demonstrates ten years or more success in professional life and leadership within his/her profession.
  • The Jeffersonian Award recognizes a graduate who demonstrates a dedication to service on a local, state, national, or international level.
  • The Community Service Award is given to a non-alumna/us for service to Jefferson Community College.
  • On occasion, Honorary Alumni status is bestowed to acknowledge extraordinary contributions to Jefferson’s welfare, reputation, prestige, and pursuit of excellence.

View a list of past recipients of Distinguished Alumni honors