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The Communication Studies Department at Gavilan College has seen exponential growth in declared majors and minors over recent years. We proudly acknowledge our alumni who have graduated with Associate of Arts Degree and/or Certificate of Achievements.
In addition to the list of graduates, you can find an alumni profile featured below showcasing what our graduates are doing following their graduation from Gavilan College.

Annual Alumni Speakers Panel
The Communication Studies Department held its second annual Alumni Speakers Panel March 26, 2015. Five of our former graduates discussed how their Communication Studies Associate of Arts-Transfer (AA-T) degree or Certificate in Communication Studies from Gavilan College helped them achieve their career goals.



Right to left: Nate Whitaker (AA-T-2011): Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student at San Francisco State University; Matthew Galindo (Certificate in Communication Studies-2013/2014): Seed Enhancement Technician with Sakata Seed America Inc.; Carlos Martinez (AA-T-2013) Communication Studies Student at San Jose State University and Retail Associate at Ralph Lauren; Shelley Giacalone (Communication Studies faculty); Nayela Ceja-Anguiano (AA-T- 2009): Community Worker for the Adelante Family Resource Center at Rebekah Children's Services; Kathleen Sandys (AA-T-2009): Speech-Language Pathologist Cupertino Union School District; Kelley Glass (Communication Studies faculty & AA-T-2008); Ellen Waddell (Communication Studies faculty); Denise Besson (Communication Studies faculty)

The Communication Studies Department held its first annual Alumni Speakers Panel October 23, 2014. Five of our former graduates discussed how their Communication Studies Associate of Arts degree from Gavilan College helped them achieve their career goals.

  • Claudia Oropeza, class of 2007, and works as the Public Relations Manager for Glu Mobile, Inc.
  • Laurelyn Perteet class of 2009, and works in People Operations at Palantir Technologies
  • Ali Henry class of 2012, and works as a Forest Park Ranger for Santa Clara County Parks Department
  • Lindsay Bustillos class of 2013, and attends Chico State University full time, also working part-time as a Hostess for Logan's Roadhouse
  • Kelly Glass class of 2008, currently a Gavilan College Communication Studies Instructor

  • On the far right Denise Besson, Communication Studies faculty, Claudia Oropeza, Ali Henry, Laurelyn Perteet, Lindsay Bustillos, Kelly Glass, Communication Studies faculty and Shelley Giacalone, Communication Studies faculty.

    More pictures from this event are below:

  • Associate of Arts Degree Alumni

  • Speech Certificate Alumni

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