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May 26, 2010


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release

Chaffey College Celebrates 93rd Commencement Ceremony

(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) More than 1,438 associate degrees and certificates were conferred at the 2010 Chaffey College’s 93rd commencement ceremony last evening. The commencement program began at 7:00 p.m. in the Chaffey College stadium in front of more than 4,000 family and friends.

Several speakers – among them Dr. Henry Shannon, superintendent/president. Ardon Alger, faculty senate president, James Applewhite, II, ASCC President, Aimee Munn, valedictorian – gave congratulations to the Class of 2010.

Dr. Henry Shannon was the evening’s guest speaker. As the Chaffey College superintendent/president he spoke on behalf of the college community in congratulating all of the graduates present and those unable to participate. The theme of his address was, “Do You Know Your Purpose.” In the book “The World is Flat” by Tom Friedman he details the flat and flattening world and noted the three legs of life’s stool are (1) The power of expectations, (2) The power of faith, and (3) The power of the mind. Dr. Shannon said that “we live in a fast paced, dynamic, technological and global society,” and we need to take the time to appreciate the gifts we are given, especially the gift of education.

Each and every member of the class of 2010 has a special story, many accomplishments, and has overcome obstacles to complete their college education. Two students, James Applewhite, II, ASCC president and Aimee Munn, valedictorian both spoke to the graduates sharing their stories.

Associated Students of Chaffey College president, James Applewhite, II presented the college with the class gift, additional funding to increase the number of books in the college’s book rental program. With today’s economy, students are seeking ways to afford college and the new book rental program has alleviated the expense of selected textbooks. Applewhite also introduced the “Faculty of the Year,” Mark Meyer, professor of anthropology and “Staff of the Year,” Anita Fletcher, financial aid advisor.

Representing her class, the 2010 valedictorian Aimee Munn, addressed her peers saying that “this marks the end of a chapter at Chaffey.” She said “remember our journey was not made alone. In front of us were our professors, behind us were our friends and family, and next to us was God.” Munn said that “Education is not confined to the classroom.” “She added “we can take our Chaffey experience…and see growth.” Munn will continue her education at California Baptist University where she will be studying Communication Arts.

The Chaffey College class of 2010 earned a total of 1,438 associate degrees and 827 occupational certificates. Degree and certificate earners earned an average of 65 units at Chaffey College. Among the students who earned a degree or certificate in 2009-2010, approximately 37 percent received multiple awards (2 or more degrees or certificates), including 50 students who earned more than 5 awards. The youngest graduate is 18 years old and the oldest is 80 years old.

Chaffey College is a two-year community with three campuses in the Inland Valley: the main campus is in Rancho Cucamonga, the newest campus is in Chino, followed by a campus in Fontana. The college provides educational opportunities to the residents of: Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland.

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