DCC Celebrates 60th Commencement

Over 1,000 Students Graduate

May 17, 2019 – Dutchess Community College held its annual graduation ceremony May 16. Associate degrees and career certificates in 46 programs of study were conferred on 1,022 graduates, who ranged in age from 17 to 63. The event was held at the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center in Poughkeepsie with almost 4,000 in attendance.

Associate in Science degrees were awarded to 68 percent of the students; 13 percent received Associate in Arts degrees; 15 percent received Associate in Applied Science degrees; and
4 percent earned certificates.

Additionally, certificates of completion were conferred on the first graduates of the Think Ahead program, a partnership between the College, the county, Abilities First, Maplebrook School, the Arc of Dutchess and Taconic Resources, that teaches life- and job-readiness skills to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Graduation speakers included DCC President Pamela Edington, Ed.D., DCC Board of Trustees Chair Daniel Kuffner and County Executive Marcus Molinaro ’01. To view a video of graduation, visit www.sunydutchess.edu/live/.

At a May 15 Honors Convocation, 163 students either starting their second year at DCC or graduating and entering four-year colleges in the fall, were recognized for outstanding achievements and received scholarships totaling more than $150,000. More than $1.7 million in scholarships has been awarded by the DCC Foundation in the Convocation ceremonies since they began over 20 years ago. The scholarships are funded by individuals and organizations to reward academic excellence.


Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.