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HCCC hold annual commencement ceremony

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Herkimer County Community College held its annual commencement Friday evening on campus, graduating several hundred.

640 candidates were given associates degree and 46 candidates for certificates. High honors were accorded to 64 seniors who earned a 3.80 average or higher.

Friday's student commencement speaker was Katie Maneen of Frankfort. Maneen received the 2011 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence, among many other awards.

She also was captain of the college's women's track team, excelling in several events, despite having a prosthetic leg since she was a baby.

Maneen says she could have used the leg as an excuse for not being able to accomplish something, but instead used it as motivation to try to achieve the impossible.

It was also the inspiration behind her speech.

"It talks about overcoming obstacles to get here and to persevere through everything, because everyone has overcome something to get to Herkimer," Maneen said. "So I cover that you have to persevere constantly and to overcome obstacles."

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