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Tompkins Cortland Community College Celebrates 46th Annual Commencement May 21

May 18, 2015

Tompkins Cortland Community College will celebrate the achievements of about 700 graduates during its 46th Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 21. The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the College's gymnasium.

Walter Poland, the College’s Vice President for Global Initiatives and President of the Faculty Student Association, will be the main speaker. Poland is an original employee of the College, having started as the Coordinator of Student Affairs when the College opened in 1968. He is the only one of the eight original employees still working at the College, and has announced his retirement for later this summer.

The ceremony will also include remarks from Tompkins Cortland President Carl Haynes, Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns, and Student Trustee Navjot Kaur. The Friend of the College award will be presented to Sandra Price, a long-time supporter of the College. Individual students will be honored for academic-related achievement, and faculty and staff will receive various Chancellor's/Trustees' Awards for Excellence.