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June 4, 2009

Cabrillo College Graduates 831 Students Today

Graduation Ceremony, Friday, June 5, 2009
Carl Connelly Stadium, Aptos, CA from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Alternative location in case of rain: Building 1100 (Gym)

APTOS, CA—Cabrillo College will honor 831 students in a formal commencement ceremony to confer their degrees and certificates on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Carl Connelly Stadium, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. The alternative location in case of rain is Building 1100, the Cabrillo College gymnasium.

Following the processional, Cabrillo College Vice President of Student Services Dr. May Chen will welcome participants and guests. Cabrillo College President Dr. Brian King and Cabrillo Faculty Senate President Steve Hodges will give their congratulatory remarks to the Cabrillo College Class of 2009.

Vice President of Instruction Dr. Renée M. Kilmer will present the class of 2009. Cabrillo College Governing Board Chair Rebecca Garcia will participate in the conferring of degrees. Anna Zagorska, Cabrillo counselor, and Sesario Escoto, Dean of Student Services, will read the graduates’ names.

This year Cabrillo awards 445 A.A. degrees, 309 A.S. degrees, 297 certificates of proficiency (a 506% increase over last year), 163 skills certificates (an 18% increase) and 36 certificates of specialization (a 50% increase). The three leading degree majors are liberal arts and sciences, nursing and business.

The class of 2009 is comprised of graduates ranging in age from 18 to 76 years with an average age of 29. Sixty-two percent are females and 38% are males.

Sixty-four students will graduate with a perfect grade point average of 4.0, 157 students will graduate with high honors, 257 with honors and 484 with honorable mentions.

A reception for graduates and guests will immediately follow the ceremony in the pavilion on the stadium floor. Parking is available in lots adjacent to the stadium.

About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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