Onondaga Community College hosted its 55th commencement Saturday, May 12 in the SRC Arena and Events Center. Dr. Casey Crabill presided over the ceremony at which nearly 1,100 students were eligible to receive their degrees.
Student speaker Andrea Capodagli addressed fellow graduates. She came to OCC in 2009 after graduating from Bishop Grimes High School. She quit after a semester-and-a-half but returned to the College in 2016. Capodagli became an outstanding student, earned a degree in Communications with an Honors minor and will transfer to Syracuse University where she will major in Public Relations. During her speech she asked classmates to think of challenges they face as tools and inspirations to propel them forward, to take advantage of educational opportunities and to be selfless. She also implored fellow students to take chances in life. “Be brave! Do something that initially scares you because when you do something that terrifies you, you are going to be challenging yourself. You will be utilizing the skills that you have learned here, and you are going to exceed all potential! Never give up on yourself, because you have more power to transform your life than you realize.”
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During commencement the College handed out four honorary doctorate degrees to individuals who have exhibited professional excellence, meritorious and outstanding service, and whose accomplishments serve as examples of the SUNY system’s diverse student body. The recipients were:
- Evelyn C. Carter, Director of Community Relations, Wegmans
- Mary Beth Frey, Executive Director, Samaritan Center
- Michael F. Melara, CEO, Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
- Wayne O’Connor, Regional Executive Director of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
OCC’s commencement ceremony will be rebroadcast on WSYR TV’s “MeTV” channel Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. MeTV can be found at 9.2 with a digital antenna, Spectrum Cable channel 1240, Verizon Fios channel 470 and New Visions cable channel 23.