May 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations SUNY CCC Red Barons!

The 62nd Commencement of SUNY Corning Community College has concluded. Congratulations to everyone, you earned it and you deserve it!

Thank you.

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When will I receive my diploma?

All graduates will receive their diploma in 4-6 weeks after commencement. If there is a hold on your student account, you will not receive your diploma until that hold is resolved.

How do I know if I graduate with honors?

Your transcript and your diploma will indicate if you graduate with honors.

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commencement gallery

Click the video below to see Commencement in action:

62nd Commencement at SUNY Corning Community College

SUNY Corning Community College graduated 537 students – who ranged in age from 17 to 64 – including 11 veterans of the armed forces, under sunny skies on May 15, 2021, in Corning, New York.

This was a unique event, as Commencement exercises had to meet strict SUNY COVID-19 guidelines for commencement ceremonies. To maintain proper social distancing and to provide an in-person event, SUNY CCC’s Commencement was a “drive-in ceremony” in which the graduates and their guest remained in their vehicles while the presentations were made.

The commencement greeting was from Regional Board of Trustees Chair, Nancy Wightman; followed by Mace Bearer, chemistry faculty member, Ruth Wenner. The ceremony was called to order by Faculty Assembly Chair, English faculty member, Marie Hannan-Mandel, and the invocation was given by Rev. Gary McCaslin. SUNY CCC President, Dr. William Mullaney, presented opening remarks.

dr charles r craigDr. Charles R. Craig

Dr. Mullaney had the honor of bestowing an Honorary Doctoral Degree on Charles R. Craig. Craig has been a force in the Southern Tier since 1974, when he was hired as a senior chemist at Corning, Incorporated, where he has served in a variety of technology management positions. Since 1990 he assumed administration and operations management responsibilities in support of the company’s chief technology officer (CTO), has held the chief of staff responsibilities for five successive CTOs, and for several years was responsible for the company’s world-renowned Innovation Process Practice. This is only the third time in its history that an honorary doctoral degree has been conferred at SUNY CCC.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients, Madison Cunningham, Student Trustee, Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mathematics and Science A.S., and Kristo Nasto, Engineering Science A.S., each addressed the audience.

madison cunninghamMadison Cunningham

“The idea of being your own advocate can reach further than just your education. Take this to your job, your relationships, your friendships, and wherever you may end up after CCC. Being your own advocate is so incredibly important especially if you ever find yourself in the situation where you do not have anyone to advocate for you,” Madison Cunningham suggested.

kristo nastoKristo Nasto

Kristo Nasto, an international student from the Republic of Albania, added on overcoming adversity, “I know we all have to go through failures and that they are what define our characters. Where we become stronger, because it does not matter how many times you fall, all you’ve got to do is just get up one time more than falling down.”

presentation of diplomaSUNY CCC President, Dr. William Muillaney

Upon completion of the degree and certification conferment, the graduates drove past the campus Commons Building, where they were cheered by SUNY CCC faculty and staff and greeted by college president, Dr. William Mullaney, and Interim Provost Fred Herbst, who presented the graduates with their diploma covers and a single white rose.

Commencement by the Numbers:

Estimated Number of Degrees and Certificates Awarded

Associate in Art



Associate in Science



Associate in Applied Science



Associate in Occupational Studies










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Estimated Graduates in Transfer Programs



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