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Genesee Community College will graduate their largest class ever this Sunday, May 20th.

The class of 2012 is expected to top 900 with more than 500 expected to earn degrees in various majors.

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at GCC Donna Rae Sutherland said the growth in programs offered and affordability of the school could be why this year’s class is so large.

"A lot of people whether they be traditional aged students or somebody who is in their 30's or 40's and has found themselves in the slow growth mode either in a career or may be laid off  are coming back to school are finding that they get a pretty good deal here and then within a year or two they can move on and get back out into that job market and find a good career," said Sutherland.

Sutherland said the graduating class will consist of students finishing up from last August and students from this year’s fall and spring semesters.

New college president Dr. James Sunser will be delivering address at the ceremony per student request said Sutherland. 

"I have not read the speech, but I understand that it's going to be a heartwarming one reflecting on his experiences as a community college student himself years ago and how he took the opportunity to come back to college. I think he was the first person in his family to go to college and it will be a warm reflection on his experiences and obviously transferring the idea of  getting ahead and making some sound decisions in your life," said Sutherland.

The commencement ceremony will be held at 1p.m. in the Anthony Zambito Gymnasium.

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