Saddleback College Confers Degrees to Class of 2013

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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Congratulations Saddleback College Graduates!

Today, Saddleback College recognized graduates and certificate of achievement recipients at its annual commencement ceremony. The graduates became Saddleback alumni in front of hundreds of adoring family, friends, and faculty. Before the degrees were conferred, commencement Speaker and California Community Colleges Chancellor, Dr. Jack Scott, imparted words of wisdom to the group, urging them to be prepared for roadblocks but to always be persistent.  The Commencement Student Speaker Janis Alexa Smith shared her story of struggles and triumph and earned her degree in front of her children and grandchildren.

For more pictures and a great article, check out the story that the Orange County Register did about commencement!

Of the students who graduated from Saddleback College this year, 301 received honors, including 28 summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average), 95 magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99 grade point average) and 178 cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 grade point average).  Showing the diverse range of ages at the college, the youngest graduate, Alex Cole, is 16 years of age, and the most senior graduate, Helen Ngo, just celebrated her 80th birthday!  Fifty-six graduates are younger than 20 and 22 graduates are over the age of 55.

Students participating in commencement are candidates for Associate in Arts and Science degrees and certificates of achievement.  More than 2,000 students will also be transferring to four-year colleges and universities to continue studying for their baccalaureate degrees.  This year’s graduates will be transferring to four-year institutions such as USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, San Diego State University, and Arizona State University, among others.

Commencement is a special time at Saddleback College where we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.  I am very proud of our students and the faculty, staff, and administrators who played an integral role in helping them reach their goals.  Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees President Nancy Padberg lead the conferral of degrees along with Trustees David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Ph.D., Marcia Milchiker, and T.J. Prendergast, III, and Chancellor Gary L. Poertner. During the ceremony, special recognition will be given to the two retiring faculty members who will be elevated to Professor Emeritus status and to Professors of the Year.

 

Commencement Speaker Application Deadline Extended

Saddleback College is currently accepting applications for a student commencement speaker. The Commencement Committee is looking for someone who wants to inspire and be the voice of their graduating peers! The deadline for applications has been extended to April 6th by 5:00 p.m. You can apply, even without your speech completed; students only need to include a proposed outline of their commencement speech in the application.

Commencement 2012 Student Speaker Application – http://www.saddleback.edu/commencement/documents/speakerapp2012.pdf

Updated Commencement Committee Timeline (Please refer to this list, not the dates on the application)

April 6 – Applications Due by 5:00 p.m. to Student Development in SSC 210

April 16 – Leadership Council Review at 3:00 p.m. in the ASG Conference Room, SSC 211C

April 24- Applicants present their speech in person to the Commencement Committee 4:00 p.m. in SSC 211C

Do not include your name or student ID number on the speech. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Development Office via email scstudentdevelopment@saddleback.edu or call 582-4555 All applications are due no later than Friday, April 6, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. and must be turned into the Student Development Office (SSC 210) with original signature. Student commencement speakers must meet all graduation requirements.