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The stage is being assembled, crews are setting up audio and video equipment, and nearly 1,100 chairs are being laid out for the graduating class of 2018.

It's Commencement season at Pasadena City College.

The college will mark its 93rd commencement ceremony this Friday, June 15, when a color guard of student veterans leads a procession of faculty and graduating students onto the field at Robinson Stadium. 

This ceremony this year will almost certainly set a record for graduate participation in the exercises. Nearly 1,100 students will cross the stage and receive their diplomas, roughly 200 more than took part last year. 

"We're so excited to have so many students graduating this year," said Cynthia Olivo, PCC's vice president of student services. "We've put in a lot of effort to make it easier for our students to complete their degrees, so it's great to see that work paying off."

In addition to speeches from Superintendent/President Rajen Vurdien and dignitaries including Academic Senate President Valerie Foster and Board of Trustees President Anthony R. Fellow, students and their families will hear remarks from Shaun Harper, one of the nation's leading authorities on race, equity, and education.

PCC's 2018 Commencement Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15. The ceremony will take place in Robinson Stadium and a reception will follow on the PCC Quad. 

Free tickets have been distributed with students' graduation materials and are required for admission to the stadium. Guests without tickets will be able to watch the proceedings remotely from Sexson Auditorium.

For more information visit the Commencement website or contact The Office of Student Life at 626-585-7384.

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