On June 5, 2012, the Cornell Prison Education Program, which provides a free college education leading to an associates degree, celebrated its first commencement. Through this unique public/private collaboration, 15 CPEP students earned associates degrees conferred by Cayuga Community College.

Speakers: Senior Vice Provost Ronald Seeber, Cornell University; Commissioner Brian Fischer, NYS Department of Corrections; President Daniel Larson, Cayuga Community College; Doris Buffett, Founder, Sunshine Lady Foundation; and Jacob Russell, student, Auburn Correctional Facility.