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JCC to hold First-Ever Fall Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 20, 2014

Jefferson Community College will hold the College’s first-ever Fall Commencement Ceremony for December candidates for graduation on Saturday, December 20, 2014.  The ceremony will take place in the Robert R. & Jean S. Sturtz Theater beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will be video-streamed on Jefferson’s website.  Approximately 228 students will be eligible to graduate in December upon successful completion of degree requirements.

The College is privileged that distinguished professor Joanna B. Chrzanowski will give the keynote address at the commencement exercises.   Dr. Chrzanowski, professor of English, has been a member of the Jefferson faculty for 34 years. She holds both a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in English education from SUNY Albany, as well as a doctorate of philosophy in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University.  In 2004, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2012, to honor and recognize her mastery of teaching, Dr. Chrzanowski was bestowed the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest faculty rank established by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Dr. Joanna Chrzanowski’s teaching innovations keep her instruction vibrant and student-centered whether in a traditional classroom, online course or hybrid environment.  She has numerous curricular innovations at the course and program levels to her credit along with founding and restructuring the English Department.  Most recently, Dr. Chrzanowski initiated two new transfer degree options in English, leading the development of concentrations in creative writing and literature. Known for her high energy in the classroom, Joanna extends the same enthusiasm to mentoring young colleagues, volunteering in the community and presenting at conferences.

The student speaker is Alyssa F. Mckenzie-Chery, Black River, current student representative on the Jefferson Board of Trustees.  Alyssa is senior enrolled in the liberal arts –humanities and social sciences degree program.  Since coming to Jefferson in 2013, Alyssa has immersed herself in campus activities, spearheading many initiatives such as the Women’s Empowerment Conference, and completing the requirements for induction to the Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.  

 Tickets are required for admission to the Sturtz Theater and each student who is participating in the ceremony has received up to three tickets for guest seating in the theater. The ceremony will be simulcast in the Jules Center Amphitheater and tickets are not required for entrance to the amphitheater.  The commencement exercises will be video-streamed through the College’s website,, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Parking is available in Lot D and guests may enter the Jules Center Commons entrance and proceed up the stairs to the Sturtz Theater.  Guests desiring elevator access may disembark at Admissions entrance to the Jules Center. Sturtz Theater doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

Free childcare is available during the commencement ceremony and reception for children (ages 18 months to 12 years) of participants and their guests.  Registration is required by calling Jefferson Campus Care at 315-786-2357 by noon on December 18.

A reception for graduates and guests will be held in the Jules Center Commons immediately following the ceremony.  Additional commencement information for students and guests is available on and selecting “Commencement Information” under Quick Links or by calling 315-786-2234.