Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege Cel­e­brates 2018 Grad­u­ates

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Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege is cel­e­brat­ing the Class of 2018 at the 96th Com­mence­ment Cer­e­mony on Fri­day, April 27 at 6 p.m. in the Sta­dium on East Cam­pus.

A re­cep­tion for MJC grad­u­ates and their guests is held im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in the Stu­dent Cen­ter Ro­tunda. Both the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion are free and open to the pub­lic.

MJC will have awarded an ap­prox­i­mate to­tal of 1,700 as­so­ci­ate de­grees to 1,400 stu­dents dur­ing the 2017-2018 aca­demic year, pend­ing re­cip­i­ents’ suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the spring se­mes­ter. Ad­di­tion­ally, 899 cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment will be awarded to 600 in­di­vid­u­als for this aca­demic year. Ap­prox­i­mately 550 of these grad­u­ates plan to par­tic­i­pate in MJC’s an­nual Com­mence­ment Cer­e­mony.

Ad­dress­ing the Class of 2018 is grad­u­at­ing stu­dent Danielle Simp­son pre­sent­ing “In Search of a Lost Dream.” She is grad­u­at­ing with hon­ors hav­ing earned an As­so­ci­ate of Arts in Psy­chol­ogy.

She is trans­fer­ring to Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Stanis­laus in the fall to pur­sue a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Psy­chol­ogy. Simp­son hopes to even­tu­ally ob­tain a Mas­ter’s de­gree and pos­si­bly a Ph.D. in Psy­chol­ogy, with a ca­reer goal of be­com­ing a school psy­chol­o­gist.

Stu­dent soloist Tasha Wil­liams will sing the na­tional an­them, and mu­sic by the MJC Com­bined Sym­phonic and Con­cert Bands, un­der the di­rec­tion of Pro­fes­sor Erik Maki, high­lights the cer­e­mony.

The grad­u­a­tion pro­gram fea­tures the pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2018 MJC Dis­tin­guished Alumni Award to Rick Ar­men­dariz, as­sis­tant po­lice chief with the Modesto Po­lice Depart­ment and the in­terim deputy city man­ager for the City of Modesto.

He has over 23 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lic ser­vice, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous as­sign­ments in pa­trol, gangs, homi­cide, in­ter­nal af­fairs and as a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, as well as over­see­ing units such as K-9s, SWAT, Hostage Ne­go­tia­tors, Traf­fic Unit and the Crime Re­duc­tion Team for the Modesto Po­lice Depart­ment.

Ad­di­tional dig­ni­taries on the plat­form in­clude Jill Stearns, MJC pres­i­dent; James Todd, vice pres­i­dent of Stu­dent Ser­vices; Jen­nifer Zel­let, vice pres­i­dent of In­struc­tion; Al­bert Alt, vice pres­i­dent of Col­lege Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices; Ge­orge Boodrookas, dean of ad­vance­ment and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the MJC Foun­da­tion; Cur­tis Martin, pres­i­dent of MJC Aca­demic Se­nate; Yosemite Com­mu­nity Col­lege District ( YCCD) trustees Les­lie Beggs, Anne DeMar­tini and Abe Ro­jas, and Su­san Yea­ger, vice chan­cel­lor of Fis­cal Ser­vices for YCCD.

MJC grad­u­ates and their fam­ily and friends also had the chance to at­tend the an­nual Grad­u­a­tion Lun­cheon on Fri­day, April 20 in the Mary Stu­art Rogers Stu­dent Learn­ing Cen­ter on West Cam­pus.

The lun­cheon fea­tured an ad­dress en­ti­tled “In the Midst of It All” by grad­u­at­ing stu­dent speaker Priscilla Oh­n­macht, and pre­sen­ta­tion of a let­ter poem en­ti­tled “May the Force Be With Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege” by Pro­fes­sor Sam Pier­storff.

For more in­for­ma­tion on MJC’s grad­u­a­tion con­tact the Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fice at (209) 575-6866.

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