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May 25, 2010

518 degrees and certificates to be conferred at Gavilan College graduation

WHO: Gavilan College Board of Trustees

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Keynote / Alumni speaker: Michael Trevino

WHAT: Will be awarding a record 518 degrees and certificates to the 2010 graduating class. These include 257 Associate of Arts degrees, 80 Associate of Science degrees, 153 Certificates of Achievement, 9 Awards of Achievement, and 19 Certificates of Proficiency. Some graduates are receiving more than one award.


The program will begin with a processional as president Steven M. Kinsella leads the Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty and Class of 2010 down Sycamore Lane, across the campus bridge, and into the gymnasium.



Hannah Kempis, Student Trustee, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and student Tod Graham  will sing the National Anthem. Dr. Kinsella will introduce the ceremony, and Associated Student Body President/ Student Trustee Hanna Kempis will welcome family and friends. 


Alumnus Michael Trevino will deliver the Keynote Address. Treviño is Assistant Dean at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  Previously he served as Assistant Dean of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy where he also taught, and has held previous appointments at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Boston University School of Law, and the University of Washington.  He graduated from Gilroy High School in 1979, and earned an Associates Degree in Electronics at Gavilan College in 1982. After working in the electronics industry, Trevino returned to Gavilan College to complete his general education requirements,  transferring to  U.C. Berkeley, where he completed his bachelor's degree in 1989. He earned both a law degree and a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the Harvard Administrative Fellows program. He is active in service on a number of U.C., regional and national committees, including the Harvard Civil Rights Project, the Chancellor’s Committee on Diversity, and the Law School Admissions Council.  As the first in his family to attend college, his career focus in higher education is motivated by a desire to expand educational opportunities for students – particularly first-generation college students.

Math Instructor Ken Wagman  will present Faculty Scholarships to outstanding students Instructor and Rho Alpha Mu advisor Hope Jukl will welcome 12 Rho Alpha Mu graduates and transferring students  into life membership in the state honor society. They are: GRADUATING: Kaitlyn Scheib, Corina Hernandez, Amanda Valdrama, Raul Escalante, Joshua Sanchez, Tearsa Hammock, Samantha Nussbaumer, Natalie LaCorte, Charmaine Rosales, Cara Lafaille and TRANSFERRING: Natalie Peer and Vincent Giacalone

Deb Smith, President of the Gavilan College Board of Trustees, will confer an honorary degree to Santa Clara County Supervisor and Gavilan College alumnus Don Gage, who is unable to be present at the ceremony.

Dr. Kathleen Rose,  Vice President of Instruction, will present the Outstanding Scholar Award.

Dr. Kinsella will then confer degrees and certificates, assisted by Faculty-of-the-Year honorees Dave Ellis and Jane Rekedal.



The Science Aliance club will serve as Student Marshals, leading the graduates in the processional.

The Associated Student Body will host a reception directly after the ceremony in the Student Center for all of the graduates, staff, and their guests. 



Admission to graduation is invitation-only due to limited seating. 



WHEN: Friday, May 28, 6 p.m.



WHERE: Gavilan College Gymnasium, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA



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