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Cerritos College Honors its Largest Graduating Class – Again

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Commencement ceremonyNORWALK, Calif. – May 22, 2018 – For the third consecutive year, Cerritos College honored its largest graduating class in the campus’ history. During its 60th annual commencement ceremony held on Friday, May 19, nearly 3,500 students received degrees and certificates – an approximate increase of 1,000 graduates from 2,496 in 2016, or 30 percent. In 2017, the campus recorded its largest graduating class with 3,312 students, which the Class of 2018 surpassed by approximately 188 students. The College also saw a 15 percent increase in awards to students who earned an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T) from 2017 to 2018 with 1,041 degrees awarded. The AA-T/AS-T degree guarantees admission for eligible students to transfer to the California State University system. To date, nearly 3,000 students have earned the AA-T/AS-T degrees since the College first conferred the Associate Degrees for Transfer in 2012. The College currently has 27 AA-T/AS-T degree programs.

Paralympic hand cyclist and triathlete Oz Sanchez served as the commencement speaker. Oz shared his story of overcoming a near-fatal motorcycle injury and paralysis to become a successful athlete and Paralympian. He inspired the graduates to find a purpose in life and stay focused on their goals. Students who graduated will be transitioning to some of the nation’s top colleges and universities, including  University of La Verne, Loyola Marymount University, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, among other schools.

Kristine Crable and Dr. Jose FierroGraduate Kristine Crable found her calling at Cerritos College. When she first enrolled in 2005, she was not completely ready to focus on school, so she took time off. Kristine returned to the College in 2013 – this time, not only as a student, but also as a peer mentor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Services in the Disabled Student Programs and Services department. “The experience brought me joy in having the opportunity to help others. It changed my life. I became more motivated and was able to encourage other students not to give up,” she said. Kristine thanks her DHH Specialist Dahlene Holliness for inspiring her to finish her goals. She will pursue a bachelor’s in sociology, and a master’s degree in social work at California State University, Long Beach where she plans to become a counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

“With three consecutive years of having more graduates walk the stage, I am very proud of our students for their hard work and perseverance. Our students face tremendous obstacles every day, so having another increase in graduation rates is especially hopeful. There is no doubt that the success of our students is a true testament to the commitment and dedication of our faculty and staff. Our faculty take a personal interest in each and every student, making sure they have the right resources and motivation to be successful. We want to see this trend of increased graduation numbers happen every year, so we will continue to work hard to support student success,” said Dr. Jose Fierro, Cerritos College President/ Superintendent.“

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  • Graduate musician performing
  • Graduates walking into the stadium
  • A graduate and Dean of DSPS Dr. Lucinda Aborn
  • A cap says she believed she could so she did
  • President Dr. Jose Fierro greeting
  • A graduate waving at the crowd
  • Graduates' decorated caps
  • Keynote speaker Oz Sanchez
  • Students walking into the stadium
  • DSPS graduates and Dr. Lucinda Aborn
  • Graduates at the ceremony
  • A graduate waving at the crowd
  • Graduates at the ceremony
  • A graduate
  • A graduate at the ceremony
  • Graduates at the ceremony
  • Graduates thanking their parents and family
  • Confetti and graduates
  • Graduates seated at the ceremony
  • Graduate at the ceremony
  • Graduate at the ceremony
  • Graduate at the ceremony
  • Graduate with a cap says did it for us
  • A cap with inspirational words
  • Graduate with a cap says I just want to be a nurse
  • Kristine Crable among the crowd
  • Graduate at the ceremony
  • Graduates waving
  • Cerritos College Band
  • Graduates seated
  • Lynwood high school students
  • Board members, student leaders, and faculty senate president
  • The Cerritos College Board of Trustees
  • Graduates at the ceremony
  • Graduates walking into the stadium
  • Graduate Kristine Crable and Dr. Jose Fierro
  • Raul Avalos and Dr. Jose Fierro

About Cerritos College: Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at


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