Citrus College Honors Graduates, Alumni at Annual Commencement Ceremony

Citrus College graduates toss their academic mortarboards at the 101st commencement ceremony on June 17.Citrus College graduates toss their academic mortarboards at the 101st commencement ceremony on June 17.

The Following is a Press Release From Citrus College:

Glendora, Calif. (June 21, 2017) – Citrus College celebrated the academic achievements of 1,404 graduates during its annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 17. Of the various degrees awarded to the Citrus College class of 2017, 916 were associate degrees for transfer. This number reflects a 21-percent increase in the number of students receiving transfer degrees compared to the 2015-2016 academic year, signifying a new institutional record.

Glendora resident Christopher Badoyan is a member of this year’s graduating class who received an associate degree for transfer in history. The first in his family to attend college, Christopher hopes to one day earn a doctorate in education and become a college counselor.

“I chose to enroll in classes at Citrus College after high school because I wasn’t sure which way I wanted to go, and I knew that the college faculty and staff could help me find my path,” he said. “Since then, I have become more confident and sure of my abilities. I now know what I want to do.”

Monrovia resident Johnny Elie Baradii was also among those honored during Saturday’s ceremony. Originally from Lebanon, Johnny moved to the San Gabriel Valley to pursue higher education. Upon the recommendation of a relative, he enrolled at Citrus College.

During his time at the college, Johnny worked as a math, physics and chemistry tutor in the Math Success Center. He was also active in the STEM program and earned a Citrus College Key of Knowledge, the highest academic honor bestowed by the college.

In the fall, Johnny plans to transfer to a University of California institution as a civil engineering major.

“Being a civil engineer will put me in a position to innovate, create and design infrastructures that are better for human beings, animals and the environment,” he said. “My hope is that one day I will be able to return to Lebanon and help rebuild it. I would like to play a role in designing the efficient web of transportation the country is lacking.”

Of the 3,149 associate degrees awarded during the Citrus College commencement ceremony on June 17, 916 were associate degrees for transfer (ADTs). This reflects a 21-percent increase in transfer degrees over the previous year, which again places Citrus College near the top of all community colleges in California for ADTs conferred.

Of the 3,149 associate degrees awarded during the Citrus College commencement ceremony on June 17, 916 were associate degrees for transfer (ADTs). This reflects a 21-percent increase in transfer degrees over the previous year, which again places Citrus College near the top of all community colleges in California for ADTs conferred.

Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president, says that the experiences of these two graduates are representative of many Citrus College students.

“The Citrus College class of 2017 is a diverse group of scholars whose stories of achievement are truly inspirational,” she said. “On behalf of the entire college community, I congratulate each graduate for reaching this significant milestone on their journey toward academic, professional and personal growth. It is an honor for Citrus College to be part of their success stories.”

In addition to celebrating graduates, the 2017 commencement ceremony also provided Citrus College with the opportunity to honor some of its outstanding alumni. Stephen R. Baker, Citrus College class of 1971, and Winifred Jean Brace Robertson, Citrus Union High School class of 1946, were each presented with a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award during the event, based on their educational journeys, professional backgrounds and community service, which exemplify the institution’s core values.

“The extraordinary alumni that were honored this year serve as role models, showing our students what is possible if they continue to work hard toward achieving their goals,” said Dr. Barbara R. Dickerson, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. “In fact, each person who was honored during this year’s commencement ceremony, whether a graduate or an alumnus, reflects the outstanding commitment to excellence that is ingrained in Citrus College’s culture. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and graduates.”

ABOUT CITRUS COLLEGE

Proudly serving the San Gabriel Valley for over 100 years, Citrus College educates approximately 20,000 students annually. The college offers 90 associate degrees and certificates of achievement, prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and provides basic skills courses and workforce training. Located in Glendora, Calif., Citrus College is the oldest community college in Los Angeles County. Its 104-acre campus includes eight outdoor athletic facilities. A leader in higher education, Citrus College has received numerous accolades, including being ranked first in the nation for awarding associate degrees in visual and performance arts for Hispanic students, and 12th in the nation for the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Citrus College is also designated a Military Friendly(r) school. For more information, visit www.citruscollege.edu

Citrus College
1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741
626-963-0323| www.citruscollege.edu

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