Cayuga Community College held its first public graduation ceremony in three years Thursday night at Falcon Park in Auburn.
It was the first at Falcon Park and the first in public since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The 2020 and 2021 ceremonies were held virtually.
“Without a doubt, the Class of 2022 is one of the most remarkable in the history of Cayuga,” said President Dr. Brian Durant. “They were determined to earn their degree and prepare for their future, and they didn’t allow a generational pandemic that changed every part of their lives and their education to stop them. We are beyond proud of their accomplishments, and we are confident they are ready to begin or continue the careers they’ve chosen.”
Board of Trustees chair Marian Brown compared the graduates’ lives with a movie, full of supporting cast members.
Graduates earned Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Sciences degrees and certificates from the 33 degree programs and 10 certificate programs available at Cayuga.
Student speakers for the ceremony were Caitlyn Major, who earned an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences, and Taylor Hunter, who earned an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mathematics.
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