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Hartnell College Students to Graduate on Friday, June 3

May 31st, 2005

About 600 Hartnell College students are eligible to don caps and gowns on Friday, June 3, to participate in the campus' 2005 commencement. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the main gym.

A total of 524 students will receive associate degrees; another 69 will be awarded certificates of achievement. Those participating in the ceremony are summer 2004 and fall 2004 graduates as well as spring 2005 candidates for graduation.

Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau with two of this year's three valedictorians--Kirina M. Young and Stephen James Elliott, both of Salinas. The third valedictorian, Adam Luoranen of Santa Cruz, was not available for the photo.

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

Edward J. Valeau, Hartnell president, will introduce the class valedictorians, who will address their fellow classmates.

Valedictorians are Stephen James Elliott and Kirina M. Young of Salinas and Adam Luoranen of Santa Cruz. Each valedictorian earned a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 (straight A).

Dorothy Wallace, a 1941 Hartnell graduate, will receive the college's Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award.

Following graduation from Hartnell, she attended and graduated from Stanford University with both bachelor's and master's degrees. Wallace returned to Hartnell in 1954 and was the first female physical education instructor on campus and coached the varsity men's swimming and diving teams in addition to women's sports.

She was instrumental in the development and organization of the California Field Hockey Association and the Northern California Women's Basketball Association. Wallace played a key role in efforts resulting in women receiving pay for coaching as well as scholarships for women athletes. In 1988, she was inducted into the California Association of Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

Wallace has served on many local boards, including the Tri-County Arthritis Foundation and the Tri-County Girl Scouts, and she continues to be active in the Salinas community today.

She is the mother of three children, all of whom also graduated from Hartnell College.

Musical interludes will be provided by Hartnell's Symphonic Band, conducted by Carl Christensen.

A reception for graduates, their families and friends will be held following the ceremony in Steinbeck Hall, located in the College Center.

For more information about commencement, contact Mary Dominguez, director of enrollment services and commencement committee chair, at (831) 755-6714.

Editors and Reporters Note: Attached is a list of Hartnell's 2005 graduates (cities of residence not available).