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Hartnell College Students Graduate on Friday, June 1

May 30th, 2007

Hartnell College will celebrate commencement on Friday, June 1, 2007, at 7 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium on its campus at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas.

Approximately 475 students from the Class of 2007 will celebrate the awarding of their associate’s degrees at the evening ceremony. Another 72 students have earned certificates of achievement.

Participating students are summer and fall 2006 graduates and spring 2007 graduates. Valedictorians for the Class of 2007 are Joni E. Johnson and Jeffrey Merle Schaffer.

Mr. Aaron Johnson, president of the Board of Trustees, will confer the degrees.

The College will honor Mark Kennedy with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Kennedy attended Hartnell in the early 1980s, and transferred to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business Management in 1989. As co-owner of Green Rubber Kennedy Ag, he expanded the business into one of the strongest industrial and agricultural retailers in Central California and Arizona. He has served in many civic leadership roles, including the presidency of the Salinas Rotary and as a board member of the National Steinbeck Center and Relay for Life. He currently serves on one of Hartnell’s agriculture advisory committees.

This will be the last graduation to be presided over by Dr. Edward J. Valeau, president and superintendent of Hartnell College for the last 12 years. He will retire on June 30.

There will be a reception honoring the graduates in the commons area of the College Center following the ceremony.

Please contact the Admissions & Records Office at 831-755-67111 for more information on graduation.