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May 21, 2004

Gilroy mayor Al Pinheiro to deliver keynote address at Gavilan College graduation.

Gilroy mayor Al Pinheiro to deliver keynote address at Gavilan College graduation.
State Senator Bruce McPherson to be presented with honorary degree.

WHO: The 84th graduating class of Gavilan College

WHAT: Will participate in the 84th Annual Commencement Ceremony. 389 degrees and certificates will be awarded. (Some students will be earning more than one degree or certificate.) Gilroy Mayor Al Pinheiro, who attended Gavilan College, will deliver the keynote address. An honorary degree will be presented to State Senator Bruce McPherson. As in years past, the President of the College will highlight the accomplishments of several noteworthy students during his remarks.

Prior to the ceremony, the graduates will form a procession through campus, led by the Board of Trustees, Administrators, and Faculty. After they enter the gymnasium, they will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Domingo Payne, the incoming president of the Associated Student Body. Gavilan College student Miriam Silvas will sing the national anthem, followed by remarks by President Steve Kinsella. Outgoing Associated Student Body president Simon Cooke will speak briefly before the keynote speaker is introduced.

Following the keynote speech, awards will be presented: Faculty Scholarships, induction of life members to the honor society, presentation of honorary degree, the Outstanding Scholar Award, and the conferring of degrees and certificates.

The Associated Student Body will host a reception in the student center directly following the ceremony.

WHEN: Friday, May 28
5:30 p.m. Students, Faculty, Administrators, and Trustees line up for procession, beginning at the Theater.
6:20 p.m. The processional begins
6:30 p.m. Ceremony begins
7:05 p.m. Keynote Speaker
7:40 p.m. Presentation of honorary degree
7:45 p.m. Conferrring of degrees and certificates

WHERE: Gavilan College Gymnasium, Gavilan College main campus, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020

WHY: State Senator Bruce McPherson has been selected for an honorary degree due to his long career in support of education. McPherson is now Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and a member of the Environmental Quality Committee and two Budget Sub-Committees. He is also Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Criminal Procedure.

McPherson serves on four Joint Committees including the Master Plan for Education. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Anti-Terrorism Policy, and on twelve other Senate Select Committees including College and University Admissions and Outreach, Economic Development and School Safety.

He has been a long-time advocate of public education and has played a leading role in shaping new policy in such areas as class-size reduction, updating core curriculum, establishing graduation standards, providing more money for textbooks and passing $3 billion and $9 billion state school bonds. He and his wife Mary established endowments to create a dropout prevention program and to enhance the athletic programs for students in the Santa Cruz City School District. He also spearheaded the creation of a literacy program in Santa Cruz County when he was president of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club. He has been a supporter of Gavilan College, and participated in the 35th-Year anniversary celebration for the Police Academy on campus.
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Last modified: August 17, 2011
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