Finals are drawing to a close, grades are being tabulated, and crews are touching up paint across the campus of Pasadena City College.
Graduation day is drawing near.
This Friday, June 16, PCC will mark its 92nd annual Commencement exercises in a ceremony in Robinson Stadium. A capacity crowd is expected to turn out to witness 800 students cross the stage and receive their diplomas.
In total, more than 1,420 students are graduating from PCC this spring. Due to students earning more than one degree, the college is awarding more than 2,530 associate degrees, degrees for transfer, and certificates to graduating students.
The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony is Julissa Arce, a former investment banker and Goldman Sachs vice president who resigned to advocate for undocumented immigrants. Arce’s book, My (Underground) American Dream, was published last fall.
Graduates and their families will also hear from Nune Garipian, who will take her place this fall as PCC’s second recent transfer to Yale University, and Haya Kaliounji, a Syrian immigrant and PCC student who launched a nonprofit to help wounded children in her home country.
The ceremony will open with a special tribute honoring PCC’s veteran community. Music for the event will be provided by the college’s award-winning Concert Band, under the direction of Kyle Luck, who also leads the Tournament of Roses Honor Band.
PCC’s 92nd Annual Commencement Exercises begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 16. For ticketing and more information, visit the website.
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