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Posted: April 17, 2013 — Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s annual commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Physical Education Building on-campus with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. There are 485 candidates for graduation. Graduates will be led by the Schenectady Pipe Band, an annual tradition of the College’s commencement ceremony.

Dr. Tina Good is the evening’s keynote speaker. A professor of English and the faculty coordinator for assessment at Suffolk County Community College, Good is a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees. She was elected president of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC) and has also served as its secretary, treasurer and vice president. She is co-editor of In Our Own Voice, Graduate Students Teach Writing. She recently co-authored the article, “A Cautionary Tale about System-Wide Assessment in the State University of New York: Why and How Faculty Voices Can and Must Unite,” which appears in Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment. Good began her college education at Fresno City College and earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from California State University, Fresno. She earned her Ph.D. in English from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Sarah Puffer of Amsterdam will speak on behalf of the Class of 2013. Puffer has earned an A.A.S. in Nursing and will receive her R.N. license this summer and will pursue a BSN/MSN at either SUNY IT or SUNY Upstate Medical University to become an acute care nurse practitioner.

Puffer was the Chapter president for PTK, the national two-year college Honorary Society; Student Government Association (SGA) secretary; and FM Foundation Board Student Trustee. She was awarded the Who’s Who of American Junior Colleges 2012; she was recipient of the Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home Award; and she was a member of Student Nurses’ Association and a Peer Tutor. She also served on the graduation speaker election committee and the academic integrity committee. Puffer was honored with the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Award and was a nominee for the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (2013). She is a 2002 graduate of Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School. Employed at the Fulton County YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor, Puffer is the daughter of Amy King of Plattsburgh and Brian Puffer of Amsterdam.

Also included in the evening’s program will be the recognition of SUNY Chancellor Award Recipients Rebecca Cozzocrea, Financial Aid Coordinator, and Joseph Marcuccio, Professor of Graphic Arts. Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

On Thursday, May 16, FM will host its Annual Phi Theta Kappa Awards ceremony where 68 students will be receiving one or more of 85 scholarship awards. The ceremony will take place in the College Theatre at 7:00 p.m.

Both FM’s Commencement and Phi Theta Kappa Awards ceremonies are free and open to the public.

For further details regarding the award ceremonies, contact the Student Affairs office at (518) 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8101.

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