Barbara Risser, president of Finger Lakes Community College, shakes hands with Calvin Bostic of Lyons as he receives his general equivalency diploma, or GED, during a ceremony June 10 at the main campus.
Seventy-six students earned their general equivalency diploma, or GED, through Finger Lakes Community College during the 2011-12 academic year. The college recognized the students at a graduation ceremony Sunday, June 10, at the main campus.
Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni gave the keynote address and encouraged the graduates to be proud of what they had accomplished. “As you leave here today hold up your diploma. Let people know you scored. That piece of paper in your hands presents an opportunity – your chance!”
It was an emotional and proud day for Melissa Ingram of Geneva, one of the student speakers. Ingram, who overcame many difficulties in her life, said earning her GED wasn’t easy. “It took me a long time to get here,” she told her fellow graduates and the audience through tears. “This is a good day for me.”
From left, Michael Bennett of Middlesex, Ashley Behnke of Webster, Karin Boesen of Penn Yan and Seana McCarthy of Geneva at the FLCC GED graduation ceremony.
Mollie Lipp of Prattsburgh told the graduates she remembered wearing a cap and gown for the first time at last year’s FLCC GED ceremony. She offered the graduates a few insights. “GED students are not traditional students because something happened that got in the way. That’s okay. You made your own path. You didn’t do it for someone else. You did it for yourself. It can be better that way.
“If I could give you advice I’d say it’s important to believe in yourself when no one else does. You struggled and you made it. Getting your GED is a big thing,” she continued. Lipp was homeschooled for a while before entering FLCC part-time at age 14. She got her GED while taking FLCC classes and graduated with an associate in liberal arts and sciences in May, just days after turning 18.
From left, Richard Corichi of Savannah, Peter Cucinotta of Palmyra and Damon DeMay of Seneca Castle were among the 76 students who earned a GED through FLCC during the 2011-12 academic year.
FLCC provides traditional day and evening classes and distance learning opportunities to prepare individuals for the New York State GED exam. Classes are offered at the FLCC main campus in Canandaigua and campus centers in Victor, Geneva and Wayne County as well as other sites in Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties. In 2011, the FLCC GED pass rate was 92 percent. The average pass rate in the state was 58 percent.
For information about the FLCC GED classes, visit www.flcc.edu/learningsupport.
Graduates for the 2011-12 academic year are listed below by county and town:
Hemlock: Jeromy Bell
Bloomfield: Anthony Skyner
Canandaigua: Keith Albert, Margaret Cole, Demetrias Hetelekides, Jessica Lemmon, Heather Meyer, Michael Phillips
Clifton Springs: Anthony Reinhardt
Farmington: Tasha Mendez, Taylor Pires
Fishers: Ashley Waite
Geneva: Johnathan Asbury, Gladys Constantino, Marivi Dejesus, Daniel French, Andrea Graves, Courtney Henninger, Melissa Ingram, Nicholas Jones, Seana McCarthy, Dijonna Parker,
Jamila Santiago-Thomas, Elizabeth Stanton, Amberly Stryker, Ethan Trotta
Manchester: BreAnna Polmanteer
Phelps: Sarah Meridith
Seneca Castle: Damon DeMay
Shortsville: Brandon Campfield, Alyssa Fairman
Romulus: Zachary Keller
Waterloo: Alexander LaQuitara
Clyde: Jawuan Thomas
Lyons: Rachel Bloomer, Calvin Bostic, Amberlynn Watrous
Macedon: Clayton Frusco, Elizabeth Gilbo
Marion: Brianna Attridge, Kimberly Driessen, Chelsea Engelsen, Jesse Girard
Newark: Alberto Aviles, Jr., Brittany Ford, Samantha Giles, Cassandra Lehr, Devon Mellesh,
Sonja Mellesh, Charles Phelps, Nicole Rivera-Shuler, Chelsey Sanford, Caitlin Walker
North Rose: Amanda Pickering
Ontario: Angelic Green, Terrance Merendo
Palmyra: Kristen Connors, Peter Cucinotta
Red Creek: Elizabeth Kellogg
Savannah: Richard Corichi
Williamson: Corey Kern, Patrick Rosington
Himrod: Marlisa Zeiset
Middlesex: Melissa Lohnes, Kristy Wells, Michael Bennett
Penn Yan: Vincent Arambary, Raymond Bacon, Sr., Karin Boesen, Sebastian Bruno, James Busch