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Completion Day

Check out the Completion Day Video, featuring Cayuga alumna Kim Edwards.

Isa Adney shares her community college story and some sound advice for current students. Go to minute 30 at the following link to hear her comments

Photos from 2012 Completion Day are available at Enter "ccc" in the access code box.


What is Completion Day?

The 37 State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges have joined forces to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.


Why should I complete my degree?

  • Higher lifetime earnings: Students who complete an associate degree can expect to earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate. Go on to earn your bachelor’s and the figure is even higher: $900,000.
  • More job security: Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.
  • Transferring is easier: New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY two-year college with an associate degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college.
  • Doors will open: A degree shows you can finish what you start, a trait that rubs off. Children of college graduates are more likely to graduate themselves.


What if I plan to transfer after one year or just take one or two classes I need?

Most community college students will benefit from completing a degree or certificate program, but the key to success for anyone is to have a goal and a plan to reach it. If you’ve done that much, you’re ahead of the game. Remember that faculty and staff can point you toward resources that will help you succeed.


Where do I start?

  • Tune in: You’ll hear more about the benefits of completing from professors and fellow students. Students and professors will get together for an informal discussion on Septemer 30.
  • Figure out your goals: If you’re not sure where to begin, visit your advisor or take advantage of resource stations on September 30 in the cafeteria on the Auburn Campus and front lobby on the Fulton Campus. You can get advice on careers and transferring and find out where to get help with academics or financial needs.
  • Make a commitment to complete your associate degree or certificate program: You can sign a pledge to complete at a table on campus on September 30, and have a photo taken holding your pledge and wearing a graduation cap. The photo will serve as a visible reminder of your commitment to complete.

Cayuga resources you should know about:

  • Center for Academic Success: Get help with writing, math, study skills, and disability services. Tutoring in specific subjects is also available. In Auburn, the Center for Academic Success is located in the Library Building. Call 315-255-1743, x2293, e-mail Vicki Hamberger at with questions, or visit and ask for a tour. Or in Fulton, the Center for Academic Success is located in the Learning Commons. Call 315-592-4143 x3028, e-mail Misty DiGaetano at with questions, or visit and ask for a tour.
  • Student Development: Get information on careers, courses to take, and transferring. To make an appointment, Auburn students can call 315-255-1743, ext. 2232 or 2230; and Fulton students can call 315-592-4143; or students can email The Student Development Suite in Auburn is located in M224, and in Fulton, the suite is located F255.