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JCC to hold Fall Commencement on December 18, 2015

Distinguished Professor Raymond E. Petersen

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will hold its Fall Commencement Ceremony for December candidates for graduation on Friday, December 18, 2015.  The ceremony will take place in the Robert R. & Jean S. Sturtz Theater beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will be video-streamed on Jefferson’s website. Approximately 212 students will be eligible to graduate from Jefferson in December upon successful complete of degree requirements and three candidates for graduation from Jefferson Higher Education Center Partners SUNY Cobleskill and Bryant and Stratton College.

The College is privileged that distinguished professor, Raymond E. Petersen, will give the keynote address at the commencement exercises. Dr. Petersen, professor of political science, joined Jefferson in 1984. He  has served numerous roles on campus including  advisor, delegate, master teacher, leader, advocate, director of the Center for Community Studies and the list goes on. He holds a bachelor of arts in political science from SUNY Oswego, and both a master of arts and doctorate of philosophy in political science from the City University of New York.  In 2012, to honor and recognize his extraordinary service at the community, regional and State levels, he was granted Distinguished Service Professorship, the highest faculty rank established by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Recently, Dr. Petersen concluded a 5 year engagement as director of the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson. Since 1999, he has been instrumental to the Center in developing programming and setting up a lecture series that focused, over the years, on topics ranging from understanding world cultures, to sustainability to community social and economic issues like wind farms, gun control, and minimum wage.  While serving as Jefferson's delegate to the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, Dr. Petersen helped further initiatives to strengthen student transfer, academic standards and integrity, and shared governance at all the community colleges within the State University of New York (SUNY).  

The student speaker is Cedric L. Baggett, Watertown, current president of Student Government and Fall 2015 graduate. Baggett is completing his degree in liberal arts-humanities and social sciences at Jefferson. As a veteran student, he is actively involved in the JCC veterans club and volunteers his time to assist the Feed Our Vets program locally. Previously, Cedric served as marketing manager for student government participating in numerous campus, and new student services, events.  During the fall semester at JCC, Cedric completed his goals for the National Society of Leadership and Success and will be inducted in the spring. Baggett plans to transfer from Jefferson to SUNY Plattsburgh to pursue a bachelor’s degree in audio-radio production.

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, Room 6-020, and tickets are not required for entrance to the amphitheater.  The commencement exercises will be video-streamed through the College’s website,, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Parking is available in Lot C and guests may enter the Jules Center under the canopy and proceed up the stairs to the Sturtz Theater.  Guests desiring elevator access may also disembark at this location to access the elevator in the foyer next to the Admissions Office. Sturtz Theater doors will open at 6:00 p.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 16.

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 online or by calling 315-786-2234.