Commencement is a milestone—one of life's landmark occasions, a time when graduates, family members, and friends gather to celebrate past and future. At Cerro Coso Community College, Commencement is a festive, campus-wide event to recognize graduate achievements and the conferring of degrees and certificates. On Friday, May 16, 2014, Cerro Coso awarded more than 270 degrees and certificates during its 41st Commencement Exercises held in the Gymnasium of the Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex.
"Education is a life long journey and there is no other time that our country has been in such a need for an educated citizenry," said Cerro Coso President Jill Board.
Two student speakers, Samantha Kessler (AA Liberal Arts - Social & Behavioral Sciences) from the Kern River Valley campus and Stacy Johnson (AS Business) from the Ridgecrest campus, were selected by the Academic Senate to address the assemblage and share their inspiring journeys.
Sara Hise, age 14, distinguished herself as Cerro Coso’s youngest graduate receiving two degrees an AA Liberal Arts - Social & Behavioral Sciences and an AA Liberal Arts - Arts & Humanities. Welding Instructor Herman Foster served as the Faculty Marshal for the ceremony.
Commencement is one of our highpoints at Cerro Coso Community College. It’s a time to recognize the learning, commitment, and effort our students put into completing their goals and it is special to all those involved in supporting and encouraging them through their journey.
"I am confident you will leave here stronger and wiser from the education you received and the setbacks you may have encountered along the way," said President Board. "I have faith in the education you have received at Cerro Coso Community College and I know that you are better prepared to face the challenges that meet each of you as you venture through life."
Congratulations Class of 2014.