Student Commencement Speaker

Dewayne Garner Jr. has been selected to be the Student Speaker at OCC’s 2015 Commencement. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m. in the SRC Arena and Events Center.

Garner Jr. is a 2012 Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and second generation OCC student. Both of his parents earned degrees here: Dewayne Garner Sr. in Engineering Science in 1999 and Kionna (Scott) Garner in Human Services in 1998. Garner Jr. majored in Mathematics and Science and took first place in a competition at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C. He credits his faith in God, his family and his involvement with On Point for College and OCC’s CSTEP and LSAMP programs with putting him on the right path. “A lot of the experiences and successes I’ve had thus far on my academic journey are a direct result of programs and the and the people in them. They made a significant impact on everything I accomplished.” Garner plans to transfer to a four year institution, major in biomedical engineering, then move on to a Ph.D. program.

If you are unable to attend Commencement you can watch it live at It will also be rebroadcast on WSYR TV’s “MeTV” channel May 23 at 9 a.m. The “MeTV” channel can be found at 9.2 with a digital antenna, 1240 on Time Warner Cable, 470 on Verizon FiOS and 23 on New Visions.

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