PLATTSBURGH More than 249 graduates received their associate degrees and certificates at Clinton Community Colleges spring commencement May 16. Class of 2008 valedictorian Jennifer Nicole Fenton from Au Sable Forks graduated with an associate of arts degree in humanities and social science. The class of 2008 salutatorian Berton Arthur Pollack of Plattsburgh also graduated with an associate of arts degree in humanities and social science. This years Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Susan Goff, associate professor of nursing and allied health. Throughout her working career, Goff has held education positions at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Clinton County Health Department and Champlain Valley Hospital School of Nursing. She has worked at CVPH, at several hospitals and as school nurse in Hudson, Fla. Goff is licensed as an RN, in School Nursing and Health Education, and was recently certified as Bereavement Facilitator. Goff belongs to a number of professional associations and she keeps active in community service organizations. The Chancellors Award for Excellence in Professional Service was presented to Steven Frederick, dean of development and alumni affairs. Frederick is currently the incoming president of the Plattsburgh Rotary Club, vice president of JCEO and is active with the Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. Frederick also serves on a number of campus committees, he is active on the board of SUNYCUAD, a professional SUNY organization and is a member of the Alumni Board at SUNY Plattsburgh. The Chancellors Award for Student Excellence was awarded to Roxanne Downs of Mooers Forks. Downs graduated in December 2007 as class valedictorian. These awards are given out annually to students who earn a Grade Point Average of 3.78 or higher and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community. It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious award, Downs said. I could not have accomplished this without the help of many people. I want to thank everyone who helped me persevere. The College Alumni Associations 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award was awarded to Robb Garrand a 1994 graduate. Garrand earned his degree from Clinton in liberal arts: humanities and social science. Garrand worked for several years as a teacher at St. Marys Academy in Champlain, a substitute teacher at Northeastern Clinton Central School, later becoming a full time teacher there. Garrand completed administration certificate training at Massachusetts College in 2006 and was hired as vice principal of the high school at NCCS. In 2007, Garrand was named principal of Rouses Point Elementary School and has accomplished a high level of professional success in the education profession. Garrand also makes a meaningful contribution to his community as a coach in town youth sports and the junior varsity and varsity athletics at Northeastern Clinton and Chazy High Schools. He is the current administrator-in-charge of the Lake Clear Outdoor Education Project for sixth-graders. Music for the ceremony was provided by the CCC College Chorale under the direction of Saundra Stortz, accompanied by pianist Meghan Riley. The chorale sang the National Anthem and a selection titled, California Dreamin by Phillips and Phillips. Arr. Emerson.