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Commencement

Berkshire Community College 57th Commencement

This year’s Commencement ceremony will take place in the afternoon on Friday, June 2 at Tanglewood. All candidates for graduation will soon receive information about the ceremony, how to order a cap and gown and options about ordering graduation photos. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. 

The Registrar’s Office maintains a list of all graduates and potential graduates and notifies them about their graduation status either by email or letter. The Office of Student Affairs sends out information with the specifics about commencement, usually a couple months before the ceremony takes place.

When?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Where?

Tanglewood
297 West Street
Lenox, MA 01240


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Commencement Speaker

Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, Carlos SantiagoMassachuesetts Commissioner of Higher Education,
Carlos Santiago

Commissioner Santiago was appointed to his position by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the Commonwealth and its citizens. Santiago joined the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in April 2013 as the Senior Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs.

“On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees at Berkshire Community College, we are thrilled to have Commissioner Santiago as our 2017 Commencement speaker. He is a true champion for higher education both in Massachusetts and beyond,” said Ellen Kennedy, President of BCC. “As the former CEO of the Hispanic College Fund, Commissioner Santiago worked to provide access and resources for career and educationally driven Hispanics. We see striking similarities in the work we do at BCC in providing access to higher education for residents in the Berkshires.”

Commissioner Santiago’s past academic appointments include that of Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Wisconsin’s second largest research university). He brings over 30 years of experience in public higher education. Santiago also served as provost and chief operating officer at the University at Albany, (SUNY). He was a professor of economics at UWM and SUNY-Albany and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.

Santiago is also the author or co-author of six books and has published dozens of articles and book reviews, of which many focus on economic development and the changing socioeconomic status of Latinos in the United States. On two separate occasions, in 1996 and 2011, Santiago has been named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.

Information for Graduates

Before Commencement

  • Guests: Invite as many as you wish, no tickets required.
  • Regalia: Must wear cap & gown to participate in ceremony; purchase at College Store $27.
  • Phi Theta Kappa and Veterans: Wear your stole; if you don’t have yours, contact Kellie at x1605 (for PTK) or Beth at x1662 (for Veterans)
  • Photos: Commencement Photos Inc (pre-approved by BCC) will contact you directly; there is no obligation to purchase. (Photos will also be available on BCC's Flickr site soon after Commencement.)
  • For special needs: Contact Mary Martin at 413-236-1602.
At Commencement
  • Arrival: By 3:45 pm; traffic can be heavy.
  • Flowers: Limited amount for sale at rear of shed; no other concessions available. 
  • Line up: In alpha order by major, with your faculty, at the rear of the Shed; you will be given a name card to give to the announcer on stage.
  • Honor Tassels: Will be given to you when you line up. Hang it on the right side of your cap.
  • Diploma: Will not be in the “cover” you receive on stage; pick up right after the ceremony at Diploma Table. Don’t leave Tanglewood without it! 

We look forward to seeing you and your guests as we celebrate your achievement.

Congratulations from everyone at BCC!

Previous Commencements

  • 2016 Commencement  

    Senator Benjamin B. Downingvaledictorian

    Friday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m.
    Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass
    Free and open to the public; No tickets are required.

     

  • 2015 Commencement

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth WarrenJuan

    Berkshire Community College held its 55th Commencement on May 29, 2015 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

    Videos
    Senator Elizabeth Warren's Commencement Speech at BCC's 55th Commencement (courtesy of C-SPAN)

    BCC's 2015 Commencement Video Highlights!

     

    2015 COMMENCEMENT News Releases

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    Valedictorian
    Juan José Carrión-Almeida
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