|May 17, 2006
Keynote Speaker: Elaine Alquist
A policy maker for over 20 years, Senator Elaine Kontominas Alquist (D
- Santa Clara) was elected in 2004 to her first Senate term
representing in the 13th Senate District
of Santa Clara County. A former small business owner and financial
analyst at Stanford University, Senator Alquist became the first
Greek-American woman elected to the California State Legislature when she was elected to
represent the 22nd Assembly District in 1996. Elaine Alquist grew up in St. Louis, MO, earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics from MacMurray College in Illinois, and her master's
degree in Guidance and Counseling from Washington University in St. Louis.
Honorary Degree Recipient: Don Christopher
Christopher Ranch owner Don Christopher has been a neighbor and friend
to Gavilan College for almost 40 years. In the early years he helped to irrigate the campus and build a baseball diamond. He and former Gavilan College president Rudy Melone were co-creators of what is now Gilroy's signature event - the Garlic Festival. In more recent years, Don Christopher has contributed funds to air condition the theater and supported the facilities bond to renovate the campus. This year he gave generously to the Rudy Melone fund to create an endowment for music education. A lifelong friend to education and the arts, Don Christopher is a supporter of Gilroy High School Athletics, donor of land to build Christopher High School, and major donor to the Gilroy Arts and Cultural Center. This honorary degree is awarded to recognize a good friend and neighbor to Gavilan College and the whole community.
Alumni Speaker: Eduardo Cervantes
Gavilan College MESA Director Eduardo Cervantes graduated from San Benito High School in 1997, then earned an A.A. Degree in Liberal Studies at Gavilan College. He then transferred to U.C. Santa Cruz,
majoring in Sociology and received his M.A. in Education from Stanford University. Prior to working at Gavilan College, Eduardo worked as the Program Coordinator for U.C. Santa Cruz=92s Chicano Latino Resource Center/Ethnic Resource Centers. Since 2005, he has been employed as Program Director for the MESA Program at Gavilan College.
WHAT: Gavilan College's 86 Annual Commencement ceremony will include the presentation of scholarships by the Gavilan College faculty,induction of five students into lifetime membership in the Alpha Gamma Sigma state honor society, presentation of an Outstanding Scholar Award, and the presentation of an Honorary Degree. 375 Certificates and degrees will be awarded.
WHEN: Friday, May 26, Line-up for processional: 5:30 p.m. Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gavilan College Gymnasium; 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020
DETAILS: Tickets required for admission. Each graduate has been issued six tickets to distribute.