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JCC to Hold Fall Commencement on December 16, 2016

Joel F. LaLone, distinguished professor, will give the keynote address at the College's Fall Commencement Ceremony on December 16, 2016.

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will hold its Fall Commencement Ceremony for December candidates for graduation on Friday, December 16, 2016.  The ceremony will take place in the Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will be video-streamed on Jefferson’s website. Approximately 203 students will be eligible to graduate from Jefferson in December upon successful completion of degree requirements and eleven  candidates for graduation from Jefferson Higher Education Center Partners SUNY Potsdam and Bryant and Stratton College.

The College is privileged that distinguished professor, Joel F. LaLone, will give the keynote address at the commencement exercises. LaLone joined the faculty of Jefferson in 1985. Professor LaLone’s contributions during his 31-year tenure at Jefferson go well beyond the classroom to include roles as academic advisor, campus leader in course development, and research director for the Center for Community Studies. Furthermore, he has served on nearly every standing committee on campus. He holds a bachelor’s from SUNY Potsdam in mathematics and a master’s from Syracuse University in mathematics education.

Professor LaLone has been deeply involved with the Center for Community Studies since 1999, when he played an integral role in the Center’s formation. Whether interacting with students or presenting research findings within the community-at-large, LaLone’s passion and enthusiasm for mathematics and statistical analysis is infectious, keeping students engaged and providing community leaders with the understanding to make informed, data-based decisions. He has been part of 150 research studies with a diverse range of community research objectives and he is a pioneer in applied learning at Jefferson by engaging students in nearly every stage of the research process, from survey design to data collection, to data analysis.

In 2016, LaLone was one of three faculty members from two-year colleges in New York State to receive the SUNY Distinguished Service Professorship, the highest faculty rank established by the SUNY Board of Trustees to honor and recognize a faculty member for their extraordinary service at the community, regional and State levels. Additionally, LaLone was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity in 2010 and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991.

The student speaker is Reganne H. Smith, Croghan, current student trustee of the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees. Smith is majoring in mathematics and science with a concentration in science at Jefferson and anticipates graduating in May 2017 with an associate in science degree. During her freshman year, Smith worked as a front desk clerk in the College’s residence halls and was a member of Jefferson’s first ever cross country team where she and her teammates became National Junior College Athletic Association conference and regional champions. Currently, she is a resident assistant (RA) in East Hall and a member of Student Government.

After graduation, Smith plans to transfer to a four-year school to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology and then continue on to earn a master’s degree. Her career goal is to work in the field of chemical dependency. 

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 6-002, and tickets are not required for entrance to the amphitheater. The commencement exercises will be video-streamed through the College’s website beginning at 5:45 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 entrance and assistance will be provided. Sturtz Theater doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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.