On Friday, May 24th, friends, family, and faculty of the class of 2013 packed into the gym for the college’s annual commencement ceremony. The music blared and the tears flowed as proud graduates walked across the stage, switched their tassels, and received their degree.
The Saddleback College Class of 2013 consisted of 1,275 graduates and 1,165 certificate of achievement recipients. Of the students who graduated, 328 (26%) received honors, including 14 summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average), 118 magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99 grade point average) and 196 cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 grade point average). Showing the diverse range of ages at the college, the youngest graduate in attendance was 18 years of age, and the most senior graduate was 67 years of age. Ninety-two graduates were under the age of 20 and 73 graduates were over the age of 55.
Dr. Michael V. Drake, chancellor of University of California, Irvine, served as commencement speaker and the student speaker was Regina Shiroma, who is graduating Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Arts degree in sign language.
South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees President Nancy Padberg led the conferral of degrees along with Trustees William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, and T.J. Prendergast, James Wright, and South Orange County Community College District Chancellor Gary Poertner.
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