Genesee Community College Convocation
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Genesee Community College Convocation

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m. / Stuart Steiner Theatre  

This formal academic ceremony marks a milestone in the life of a college or university. Afternoon classes will be cancelled allowing students, faculty, staff, honored guests and community members to join in the solemn ceremony that recognizes not only the College’s 50th Anniversary but also its promising future with the new facilities, new academic programs and courses, and the forward-thinking student success services. GCC’s last convocation was in 2006 to recognize the College’s 40th Anniversary.

Lecture: Pulitzer Prize Winner – Dr. Heather Ann Thompson
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lecture: Pulitzer Prize Winner - Dr. Heather Ann Thompson @ Genesee Community College - T102 | Batavia | New York | United States

Presentation/Lecture by Dr. Heather Ann Thompson

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7 p.m. / T102

As part of the Historical Horizons lecture series, Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winning author Dr. Heather Ann Thompson will cap off the College’s special Convocation Day, delivering a presentation, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy,” based on her award-winning book. Attica State Prison is part of GCC’s history with inmate education a part of its programming in the 1980s. Dr. Thompson’s book provides a definitive account of the prison uprising in 1971. She utilized sources available to no other researchers to write a reliable tome that upends the myths and exposes cover-ups of that violent event that captured international attention. For a complete listing of the Fall 2017 lecture series go to: is external)

Fall Fest/Cougar Weekend – 3rd Annual Cougar Crawl
Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fall Fest/Cougar Weekend  - 3rd Annual Cougar Crawl @ Downtown Batavia | Batavia | New York | United States

FRIDAY EVENT: Third Annual Cougar Crawl

September 22, 2017, 5 – 8 p.m. / Various Stops in Downtown Batavia

The GCC community, be they current students, faculty or staff, alumni, retirees or general supporters are all invited to stroll through downtown Batavia making special stops for special treats at various businesses, many owned or operated by GCC alumni. The event kicks off at City Slickers and winds up at TF Brown’s with various stops to businesses such as the YNGoddess, The Hidden Door and Center Street Smokehouse. Cougar Crawl stops are still in development and subject to change. Cost is $15, or 2 for $25.00 and will NOT be sold at the door.

Fall Fest/Cougar Weekend – Tour New Buildings, Car Cruise & More!
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fall Fest/Cougar Weekend - Tour New Buildings, Car Cruise & More! @ Genesee Community College | Batavia | New York | United States

Public Open House and Facility Tours / 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This is the chance for the general public to tour the new Richard C. Call Arena and Student Success Center. Visitors can catch a view of the Turf Field from the new Press Box, check out the new Fitness Center and Arena and explore both floors of the Student Success Center.

“Rods and Rock” Classic Cruise 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. / North Parking Lot

For those who love classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, the popular “Rods and Rock” Car Cruise returns on Saturday in GCC’s north parking lot.

“Lollapalooza Golden Gala” Concert with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Lollapalooza Golden Gala” Concert with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra  

5 p.m. / Richard C. Call Arena

The first music to grace the new Richard C. Call Arena will be from the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, the College’s orchestra-in-residence. Led by Conductor and Music Director S. Shade Zajac, the GSO is presenting a variety of musical selections especially arranged for this one-time event under the theme, “Lollapalooza Golden Gala.” A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the performance. The concert is free with general admission seating on a first-come, first-served basis.


Discover the Stars
Nov 14 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
GCC’s 50th Commencement Ceremony
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GCC's 50th Commencement Ceremony @ GCC Batavia - Richard C. Call Arena | Batavia | New York | United States

Genesee Community College will celebrate the graduates of 2018 during the 50th commencement ceremony in the new Richard C. Call Arena!

There will also be a Time Capsule event (more info TBD). The Time Capsule will have many items from GCC’s first 50 years and will be sealed in the Richard C. Call Arena for 50 years!