Longtime Area State Senator To Take Virtual Stage As Commencement Speaker

Former New York State Senator Cathy Young. WNY News Now File Image.

JAMESTOWN – A longtime area state Senator will take the virtual stage this week as SUNY JCC’s commencement speaker.

Former State Senator Cathy Young is scheduled to present the keynote address during the college’s virtual commencement ceremony on Friday.

A longtime champion of agriculture and economic development, she 20 years in the New York State Legislature representing Western New York.

Young stepped down as Senator in 2019 to become director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at CornellAgriTech.

JCC’s virtual commencement ceremony will air on its website starting at 6 p.m. Friday, during which graduates will be recognized and have the opportunity to hear from Young and other guest speakers.

The celebration will include more than 1,200 names of pending spring 2021 graduates, in addition to graduates who completed their degree in the summer or fall of 2019 as well as the spring, summer, or fall of 2020.

Those graduates will also be given the opportunity to walk across the stage at the clock tower of the college’s Cattaraugus County Campus on Saturday or pondside at its Jamestown Campus on Sunday.

The outdoor ceremony will follow health and safety guidelines from public health agencies.


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