Villa Maria College awarded degrees to about 100 students Sunday during the school’s 49th commencement ceremonies in the college auditorium.
Robert D. Gioia, president of John R. Oishei Foundation, was the keynote speaker. He also accepted the Founder’s Medal on behalf of the foundation for outstanding advocacy of the Villa Maria mission and the community.
The Catholic college specializes in applied arts and music but recently expanded its programs to include business administration and photography and graphic design, among other offerings.
Also Sunday, about 950 Genesee Community College students received degrees during the school’s 45th commencement ceremonies in the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium.
State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, gave the keynote address before the college recognized students who completed or will complete programs last August as well as in January, May and August of this year. Graduates included 54-year-old Aggie Robinson of Batavia, who returned to school to earn a degree in human services after postponing her education to raise a family.
The GCC ceremonies were streamed live to monitors across the campus, including in the cafeteria and student union.