Cerro Coso Community College bid farewell to more than 287 students during their 43rd Commencement Exercise held in the Gymnasium of the Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Friends, relatives, staff, and faculty gathered to honor the Class of 2016 from the Ridgecrest campus, East Kern Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Kern River Valley Center in Lake Isabella, and CC Online.
Of the 287 graduates, 351 were awarded Associate Degrees and 124 received Certificates of Achievements. Twelve students are 4.0 graduates, 38 graduated with honors and 60 were Phi Theta Kappa honor graduates. Retiring Education and Personal Development Professor Bonita Robison served as the Faculty Marshall for the ceremony.
“Now, more than ever, our nation needs you to take your place in the workforce as trained, educated employees ready to discover the next cure for a daunting disease, participate in a medical breakthrough or technological advances, develop the next artistic masterpiece, or teach the NEXT generation – impacting young lives to think creatively, critically, and instill global consciousness,” stated Jill Board Cerro Coso President. “There is little doubt in our mind that as Cerro Coso Community College graduates you are leaving well-prepared”.
The Academic Senate selected three graduates to address the assemblage: Hannah Small, (A.A. Liberal Arts/Arts & Humanities, Math & Science, and Social & Behavioral Sciences) IWV Campus; Abigail Hartman (A.A. Liberal Arts/Math & Science) KRV Campus, and Nolan Havig (A.A. Liberal Arts/Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Studio Arts for Transfer, Web Design) IWV Campus.
The Cerro Coso Alumni Association invited outstanding alumnus Dr. Mary Barlow, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, to share some of her relevant experiences to encourage the graduates. A re-entry and first generation college student, Barlow attended both the Kern River Valley and Ridgecrest Campuses before transferring as a junior to Cal State University Bakersfield where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1994. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Management and an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.
The Ridgecrest Community Band, conducted by Debra Veit, provided music for the festivities.
“You are our inspiration and our motivation and we couldn’t be more proud of what you have accomplished here at Cerro Coso Community College,” concluded President Board.