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OCM BOCES celebrates 438 graduates from our Career & Technical Education, New Vision, and Career Development programs at Thompson Road Campus



OCM BOCES celebrates 438 graduating seniors from our Thompson Road Campus


Posted June 12, 2024

Congratulations to 438 OCM BOCES seniors who walked the stage on Tuesday, June 11, to celebrate their awards and certificates from our Career & Technical Education, New Vision and Career Development programs at the Thompson Road Campus!

The Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds was packed with students, teachers, staff, school administrators, families, friends and other guests who clapped and cheered for each graduate as they crossed a brightly lit stage. Many of these seniors are eligible for a CTE seal on their high school diploma, an industry-recognized mark of achievement in their given fields.

The ceremony began with a special recognition for this year’s inductee into the OCM BOCES “CTE Hall of Fame.” CTE Director Eric Comtois awarded the prize to OCM BOCES alum Shaun Lamphear (top). This former New Vision Medical Professions student is now a pediatric oncology nurse at the Upstate Cancer Center.

Comtois also recognized Tracey Road Equipment of East Syracuse as the “CTE Business & Community Partner of the Year.” For the past four years, Tracey Road Equipment has hosted a classroom for students in a two-year CTE program called Heavy Equipment Repair, Operations & Diesel Technology. Students benefit from their classroom base inside the company and often get to work side-by-side with industry professionals. Vice President of Parts Operations Kevin Williamson spoke on behalf of Tracey Road. Toby Hann, vice president of service operations, and Lacy Sandroni, human resources manager, also represented the company during the ceremony.

Later, three students offered remarks as part of their Student of the Year honors. This included Shay Smyth of Westhill, who represented the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) program; Kristine Manabo of Solvay, who represented the CTE Laboratory Technology program; and Emilee Rio of North Syracuse, who attended the New Vision Medical Professions program.

Best wishes to all of our amazing graduates!

Please click here for a full list of district-by-district graduates.