Albany – The State University
of New York and City University of New York community colleges will celebrate
NYS Completion Day tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 3, sending a message to all
prospective students that completing an associate degree ensures greater
opportunities for scholarship and transfer throughout their college career and
generates more job prospects following graduation.
New York State Completion Day
was established in proclamation
by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
“New York is home to some of
the strongest, most competitive public community colleges in the nation, and we
want to ensure that all students who attend our colleges have the tools they
need to complete their degree,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
“Completion Day serves as a reminder to all New Yorkers that a top-quality
higher education is within reach.”
Chancellor Zimpher and others
throughout New York will also be a part of the statewide webstream event hosted
by Finger Lakes Community College. The 1 p.m. event will feature Author Isa Adney, who will offer advice
for making the most of community college. A recording will be available at www.FLCCconnects.com after 3 p.m. and
use Twitter hashtag #nycompletionday.
The 37 SUNY and CUNY
community colleges will hold Completion Day events, workshops, guest lectures,
and counseling sessions to help students understand the importance of
graduating and help them plan to achieve their long-term college and career goals.
SUNY events include:
- SUNY Adirondack will participate in the statewide video and
Twittercast, as well as local activities; a Completion Mind Games
competition will be held; and resource tables will be set up. The college
will also have a large pledge banner for students to sign and encourage
faculty and staff to wear apparel from their alma maters.
- Broome Community College
President Kevin Drumm will host
a president’s table on campus where students can sign a pledge board and
get their photos taken in graduation regalia. Additional events will be
held throughout the day, including a Skype with dual degree students in
- Cayuga Community College will host a panel featuring recent alumni who
will share the struggles they faced in completing their degrees and how
their decision to complete has affected their lives.
- Clinton Community
College members of Phi Theta
Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, will ask
students to sign a pledge to complete their academic programs.
- “We're Here to Support Your
Success at C-GCC!" at Columbia-Greene Community College from
noon to 1:50 p.m., will include faculty demonstrations as well as videos
running graduate success stories. Faculty will also discuss the importance
of completion during tomorrow’s classes.
- Faculty and staff at Corning
and Monroe Community Colleges will wear clothing bearing names of
their alma maters and talk to students about what motivated them to
- Dutchess Community
College will stream the
statewide event in the James and Betty Hall Theatre, and encourage faculty
and staff to reinforce the importance of degree completion. On
the campus walkway Thursday, there will be a “Road to Completion”
pledge signing event.
Erie Community College alumni who
transferred to Buffalo State will talk to current students about their
adjustment to a four-year college.
Fashion Institute of Technology
students will visit tables to get information on honor societies, careers,
internships, academic support and other topics.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
will offer students an opportunity to pledge their commitment to complete, encouraging
faculty and staff to talk about completion during class, and live stream an
alumni talk on the important role community college played in their success.
Herkimer County Community College’s
Phi Theta Kappa students are encouraging their fellow students to sign a pledge
banner and wristbands will be given to those who sign.
Hudson Valley Community College
students are invited to view the statewide event in the Maureen Stapleton
Theatre with SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the
Education Pipeline Johanna Duncan-Poitier. Students will also be encouraged to
sign a banner pledging to complete their associate's degrees, and Center for Careers
and Employment will staff a display in the Campus Center and provide
career and transfer information to students.
Jamestown Community College has
a full day of events and activities planned, including asking students to sign
a completion pledge and asking faculty will to dress in clothes from their alma
Jefferson Community College
plans include asking students to sign a banner, a carnival with completion
activities, two completion day ‘cabs’ to transport students, and exhibits with
posters prompting students to ask how a college degree leads to professional
and financial rewards. For example, a display of a Ford Mustang prompts
students to ask: “How can I buy this?” A human service display invites students
to “Ask me how I saved a life.”
Mohawk Valley Community College
students can have their photos taken in graduation regalia and get a quick
review of their credits to determine how close they are to completion. The MVCC
Foundation will also announce its new Completion Scholarship, an initiative to
help students who left before graduating return to college and complete MVCC
Guadagnino will be the guest speaker at Niagara County Community College
at Noon, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. He will discuss the importance of
completing a degree and how to “control the crazy” peer pressures that tend to
arise and succeed. Guadagnino is most known for his role on the reality MTV
show, The Jersey Shore.
Orange County Community College has
invited alumni who are prominent in the Middletown community to talk about
their paths to success.
Rockland Community College
will highlight some of the careers that students can pursue with an Associate's
Degree. Activities include blood pressure screening, a bomb squad
demonstration, paramedics working with a simulated patient, hospitality
students making fresh salsa, and performing arts students demonstrating
Schenectady County Community College
President Dr. Quintin Bullock will urge students to complete their degrees and
one of SCCC’s most intriguing alumni, Dr. Stacy M. Grant, an explosives expert
for the Air Force, will Skype in as part of an alumni roundtable discussion. Students
will also sign a large banner in the cafeteria with a completion oath.
Suffolk County Community College
will host a Completion Day event on all three campuses. On the Ammerman campus,
students will sign a wall pledge and faculty and administrators will also sign,
pledging their support of students. On the Brentwood campus, bracelets will be
distributed to students who sign a pledge card, and faculty will share personal
stories with students. The Eastern Campus will hold a BBQ, music, and T-shirt
and banner signing events.
Sullivan County Community College, faculty who are also alumni will talk
to students about the benefits of a community college education.
SUNY Ulster will host a resource fair where
students who sign pledge to complete are eligible to win one three iPads
donated by the Ulster Community College Foundation.
Westchester Community College
will host a Halloween Day Fair with informational tables staffed by faculty and
NYS Completion Day has
adopted the slogan, “Commit. Complete. Compete.” to emphasize that graduation
puts students in a better position to compete for scholarships, internships and
jobs in an uncertain economy.
The U.S. Census Bureau
reports that individuals with an associate degree can expect to earn $400,000
more in their lifetime than a high school graduate.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.