The first Finger Lakes Community College graduate to serve on its board of trustees will return to campus Saturday, May 19 to give the commencement address.
Nancy J. Langer ’77 was a wife and mother of five when she enrolled in what was then called Community College of the Finger Lakes. She subsequently earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, had a successful career as a Rochester City School District teacher, and has logged more than 15,000 hours volunteering at national wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management monuments and campgrounds.
Langer, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will give remarks before a crowd of thousands at FLCC’s 50th annual commencement ceremony. The event begins with the processional at 1:45 p.m. at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center on the FLCC main campus in Canandaigua.
The ceremony celebrates the estimated 850 students who will receive degrees and certificates from FLCC between December 2017 and August 2018.
Langer was appointed to the CCFL Board of Trustees in 1981, four years after she earned her associate degree in American studies. During her 20-year tenure on the board, she worked to develop the FLCC Foundation, the nonprofit that raises private sector support for the college, and its scholarship program. She also served on the New York State Community College Trustees organization, including a two-year term as president.
Langer worked as a paralegal, managed a public relations office and launched a real property management business while serving on the board. She also continued her education, earning her four-year degree from Empire State College and her master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. From 1994 to 2001, she taught in the Rochester City School District, calling it her “sunset career.”
Langer retired from teaching and from the FLCC Board of Trustees in 2001 and was subsequently named a trustee emeritus. In 2015 she returned to campus to receive the Outstanding Humanities Alumni Achievement Award.
She and her husband, Jerry, have spent the past 17 years traveling the nation in an RV, volunteering for U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuges, the Bureau of Land Management, Alaska state parks, and the U.S. Forest Service.
FLCC President Robert K. Nye; Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation and horticulture; and William Maskrey, president of the Student Corporation, will also give remarks at Commencement. Lori Vail, assistant professor of English, will give the invocation and benediction.
Commencement is preceded by the Nursing Advancement Ceremony at 9:30 a.m., which recognizes the advancement of the freshmen to the sophomore level and the sophomores to the graduate level. The FLCC Nursing Department anticipates 65 graduates this year.
Commencement and Nursing Advancement photos and videos will be posted on the FLCC social media site, www.flcc.edu/connects. Live coverage can be found on FLCC’s various social media sites, including Instagram and Twitter. Follow the college’s handle @flcc_connects and search the hashtag #FLCC2018.
Finger Lakes Television will broadcast the Nursing Advancement and Commencement ceremonies live on Spectrum cable channel 1304. All Finger Lakes TV content is simultaneously webcast at fingerlakestv.org/live. Tune in at 9:20 a.m. May 19 for Nursing Advancement and 1:40 p.m. for Commencement.
A recording of the commencement ceremony will air on Finger Lakes Television at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. The Nursing Advancement ceremony will rebroadcast at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Finger Lakes Television is an independent public access station based at Finger Lakes Community College through a donation of space and services.
With the college celebrating its 50th anniversary, the commemorative book “This Bold Decision: The Story of Finger Lakes Community College” will be on sale in the bookstore throughout the day.