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Tompkins Cortland Community College to Celebrate 44th Commencement on May 23

May 16, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College will celebrate the achievements of about 725 graduates during its 44th Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 23. The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the College's gymnasium.

Dr. Randol Contreras, a 1994 graduate of the College and now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University-Fullerton, will be the main speaker. Dr. Contreras did his undergraduate work at City College (CUNY) and received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Graduate Center. He has done research in the South Bronx neighborhood in which he was raised, focusing on men who organized to rob drug dealers storing large amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and cash. He has been published extensively and most recently released a book called The Stickup Kids: Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, a book in which he credits the College for being instrumental in his education and career.

The ceremony will also include remarks from President Carl Haynes, Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns, and Student Trustee Jacqueline Matza. Individual students will be honored for academic-related achievement, and faculty and staff will receive various Chancellor's/Trustees' Awards for Excellence. A Friend of the College award will also be presented, recognizing an individual for her contributions to the College.

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