Commencement 2017 - A packed house, filled with proud hearts

Publish Date: 
May 30, 2017

What a proud moment for Hartnell College on Friday May 26, 2017 at Rabobank Stadium as I presented the Class of 2017 at Commencement – the largest graduating class in the history of the college.

This year, we recognized 1092 students – some with multiple degrees. We conferred 1108 associate’s degrees and 767 certificates. Among the graduates, 14 are valedictorians and 414 graduated with honors.

At commencement each year, we get to recognize our students who have reached their educational goals at Hartnell. These students have demonstrated tremendous tenacity, perseverance, and grit in achieving their goals.

President of the Board of Trustees, Manuel Osorio and President of the Academic Senate, Chris Moss helped me welcome and congratulate the graduates, families, and faculty. All Trustees and Vice Presidents accompanied me on stage to extend their congratulations to each Panther.

During the ceremony, the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus, Emmett Linder addressed the crowd with an inspirational, motivational, and humorous keynote speech.  He had everyone engaged and paying attention to his message.  Valedictorian Alex Gomez addressed the audience on behalf of his peers with a message of perseverance and looking forward to the future.

Among the Class of 2017, we have two pairs of sisters graduating together, two students with birthdays on graduation day, 15 students who share the name Jose, 28 students who share the name Maria, our oldest graduating student is 60 years young, our youngest graduating student is 18, and one student received his 10th and 11th degree.

It was an honor to present posthumous degrees to the families of Martin Heredia Jr., Christian Rosales, and Salvador Duran.

We are so appreciative to the NJROTC at Everett Alvarez High School for joining us in the presentation of the color guard and to Director of Student Life, Augustine Nevarez for coordinating another successful commencement ceremony.