Cerro Coso commencement is May 11

Cerro Coso commencement is May 11More than 350 students will receive more than 600 associate’s degrees, certificates and other distinctions Friday evening, May 11, as Cerro Coso Community College holds its 45th annual commencement at 6 p.m. in the Raymond A. McCue Gymnasium.

“For more than four decades, Cerro Coso has remained true to its mission to improve the lives of every student it serves by preparing them for transfer to a university or to enter the workforce,” said a spokesperson.

Among the honorees of the evening are five students who achieved 4.0 grade-point averages, 11 honor graduates, 66 Phi Theta Kappa honor graduates and retiring professor Debra Rundell.

Jaycee Brooke Lucero, Caitlin Peterson and Daniel Hoskins have been selected by the Academic Senate to address the assemblage.

Local Social Worker Erika Santiago was selected as the Alumni Association’s distinguished speaker. A first-generation college graduate, Santiago graduated from Cerro Coso in 2002 with an associate of arts in social sciences. She holds a bachelor of arts in sociology with a minor in music from California State University, Bakersfield and served as social chair for the Kappa Delta Nu Sorority.

Santiago currently serves as a social eorker for the Kern County Department of Human Services, “I now have the wonderful opportunity to work in something I feel passionate about, which is to help our clients in our community to seek self-sufficiency and financial independence through higher education or directly through gaining employment.”

The Cerro Coso Band, conducted by Deborah Veit, will provide music for the festivities.

Pictured: Graduates await their diplomas at a previous year’s commencement ceremony. — News Review file photo

Story First Published: 2018-05-11