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May 30, 2013


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Chaffey College awarded a record breaking 3,123 associate degrees and certificates at the 2013 Chaffey College 96th Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chaffey College stadium. The Commencement Ceremony honored Chaffey College's 2012-2013 graduating class, which consisted of 1,851 men and women, in front of more than 4,000 family and friends.

The speakers for the evening included Chaffey College superintendent/president: Dr. Henry Shannon, faculty senate president: Ardon Alger, keynote speaker, California State University, Bakersfield President Dr. Horace Mitchell, and Student Body President and Student Trustee: Carlos Huizar, 2013 valedictorian: Shuo Gu and the Chaffey College Foundation President: Sue Ovitt. Each left the class of 2013 with inspirational words of encouragement, congratulating them for their success and assuring them of their success to come.

As well, the ceremony included the introduction of the "Faculty of the Year," Leona Fisher, English professor and Director of the Chaffey College Honor's Program, and "Staff of the Year," Ruth Collins, EOPS/CARE program assistant. Associated Students of Chaffey College president, Carlos Huizar presented the college with the class gift, $15,000 to Bookstore to purchase additional Mathematics textbooks for the book rental program and more than $5,300 for the 2013-2014 Food Pantry.

Representing her class, Shuo Gu, valedictorian, shared her story of being an international student at Chaffey College coming from her home in Shanghai, China two years ago. She urged everyone to be "grateful for every moment and every opportunity in our lives." Further, Shuo credits her success to the support from her family, her friends, and to many staff members whom supported her during her time in the U.S.

What was a common theme amongst the graduating class was the amount of work they all put in while attending Chaffey College and the feeling of pride and accomplishment as they all moved their tassels to the left side at the end of the ceremony. The memories accumulated and the friends made at Chaffey College did not end with the last final, but rather were a part of the experiences that will shape the lives of every individual as they continue on in their academic and occupational lives.

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