The 490 graduates of Jamestown Community College were to have shared their commencement Saturday with Jamestown's favorite daughter, Lucille Ball.
She was to have received an honorary doctoral degree from the State University of New York.
Although her death nearly a month ago returned the graduates to the spotlight, Lucy was not forgotten.
"In conversations with her this spring, it became apparent to us she was enthusiastic about coming home to a town that cared for her as probably no other town has," said Paul A. Benke, JCC president.
"She and we have been denied that joyful occasion. We had felt her presence here, and now we miss her," he added.
Benke said the degree will be awarded to a member of her family during a special ceremony next fall.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Doris J. Shallcross, director of the graduate program in creativity at the University of Massachusetts, spoke on the theme "choices."
Distinguished Alumnus Awards went to two 1974 graduates: Dr. Michael N. Guzzardo, owner of Prompt Care in Erie, Pa., and Dr. Kathleen Hayes Sugarman, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Geneseo State College.
Dr. Sugarman is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Hayes of Jamestown, and Guzzardo is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Guzzardo, also of Jamestown.
R. Theodore Smith, dean of academic and student affairs, and Dr. David G. Seguin, associate dean of academic affairs, presented the degree candidates.
Degrees were awarded by Benke and Miles L. Lasser, chairman of the JCC board of trustees.
Trustee Awards recognizing the highest academic achievement were presented to Marcie R. Abraham, Julia L. Casselman and Sharon J. Hamilton, who received associate degrees in the arts; Norma J. Bauer, Melvin D. Ecklund, Erik J. Erlandson, Cindy Preston and Kathleen Robinson, who received associate degrees in science, and Gloria S. Silvas, who received an associate degree in applied science.