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May 28, 2003

347 Degrees and Certificates to be awarded at Gavilan College 83rd Annual Commencement

WHO: 317 Gavilan College Students

WHAT: Will graduate this Friday, receiving their Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, as well as certificates of Completion, Certificates of Achievement, and Awards of Achievement. Some candidates will be receiving more than one degree or certificate. In all, 347 degrees and certificates will be awarded. Graduation is free and open to the public. Parking fees will not be charged. Seating is first-come first-serve.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2003
Photo op: Students will begin to line up for the procession in their caps and gown at 5:30 p.m. in front of the library.

WHERE: Gavilan College gymnasium, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.


The outgoing president of the Associated Student Body, Julie Chui, will introduce a former Gavilan College Student, Gene Sakahara, who will deliver the Alumni message. Gene Sakahara graduated from Gavilan College in 1968, and went on to get his BA from Cal.State Chico and his Masters Degree at SJSU. He is currently the Recruitment Administrator for the Gilroy Unified School District. He has held a variety of administrative positions in education, including serving as principal for Jordan School, Rod Kelley School, and San Ysidro School. In 1998 he was named Educator of the Year by the Economic Development Corporation in Association with the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce. He is past president of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, and has been active in the Special Olympics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Gilroy Planning Commission.

The Keynote Speech will be delivered by Diane Cordero de Noriega. Dr. Noriega is the Provost and Academic Vice President at California State University Monterey Bay, where she has been since 1999. Prior to this, she was the Dean of the College of Education at CSU Sacramento. Her career in education has spanned decades, from instructor to professor to dean to her current position. She has won many academic honors, and is active in service on CSU committees, statewide and national committees, and the community. Dr. Noriega?s published work has focused on multicultural issues in education, especially bilingual education and the issues of language. She has a doctorate from UC Santa Barbara in Confluent Education with a bilingual, cross-cultural emphasis.


* The Board of Trustees will present an Honorary Degree to Jean Ottmar, who retired last year from Board service.

* Six Gavilan College staff will be receiving degrees and certificates, earned while they continued to work at the college.
They are Shannon Bishop, Robin Rude, Trish Stracner, Angie Ocampo, Judy Rodriguez, and Gloria Rodriguez.

* Eight students will be inducted into lifetime membership in the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society. Alpha Gamma Sigma is the Califonia Community Colleges honor society, affiliated with the National Junior College Honor Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Organization of four-year institutions. To be eligible for life membvrship in Alpha Gamma Sigma, students must maintain a 3.25 grade point average in at least 60 units of college work and have been a member in good standing for at least two continuous semesters. They are: Rosalinda Avila, Louis Mendonsa, Andrea harvey, Laura Weathers, Paul Dickson, Karla Kobayashi, Gurnoor Bassi, and Vanessa Apodaca.


Last modified: August 17, 2011
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