Erie Community College held its 62nd annual commencement Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY.
ECC graduated a total of approximately 1,900 students for the 2009-2010 academic year, including students who received associate degrees in September 2009 and January 2010.
SUNY Board of Trustees member Eunice Ashman Lewin was the keynote speaker.
Lewin is a bilingual social worker for the Committee on Special Education at the Buffalo Board of Education, a position she has held since 1979.
She serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, is a founding member of Roswell Park Alliance, and is a member of Buffalo Urban League, Hispanic United of Buffalo and Canisius College Board of Regents. She is also a member of the Erie County Chapter of Links, Hispanic Women’s League and Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival Originators.
She received the Ebony and Ivory Civic Award in 1994; the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education in 2002; the National Conference for Community and Justice of Western New York 50th Annual Citation Award in 2003 and the Marcus Garvey Community Service Award in 2004. She was inducted into the Western New York Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.
Also at commencement ECC student Sherry Schlenker was awarded the 2010 ECC President’s Medal for excellence in academics, co-curricular activity and community service. Schlenker a resident of Buffalo, is a business administration major.
“The absolute highlight of the year is our commencement ceremony, where the college community comes together to celebrate graduation day for our students,” ECC President Jack Quinn said. “It is the culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication, and I would like to wish all of our students who are embarking on a new journey after ECC the very best of luck. I would also like to thank SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin for being our speaker, we truly appreciate her energy and enthusiasm toward education.”
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.