2015 Ventura College Graduation Ceremony

2015 Ventura College Graduation Ceremony


(“Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar) – Good morning. On behalf of the Ventura County
Community College District and Ventura College, welcome. Congratulations, students. We are excited to be celebrating your accomplishments with you. I am Greg Gillespie,
President of Ventura College, and it is my honor and pleasure
to welcome our graduates, members of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and family and friends to the 85th annual Ventura
College commencement. (cheering)
(applauding) (speaking Spanish) (cheering)
(applauding) At this time, please join
us for the national anthem. (“Star Spangled Banner”
by Francis Scott Key) (cheering)
(applauding) Okay, thank you, and please be seated. This is truly an exciting day, and we’re really glad to
have all of you joining us at Ventura College this morning. At this time it is my pleasure to introduce the special guests who are participating
with us this morning. Now, often when we introduce some guests that are up on stage, you’re asked to hold your
applause until the end. Well, you don’t have to
do that this morning. So I’m gonna be announcing the folks up here on stage with me, and when I call their name, they’re gonna stand up and give a wave. And what I’d like you to do is everybody give ’em one big clap, okay? So when I count to three,
let’s practice, okay? One, two, three. (claps) All right, you guys are good. You caught onto it a lot
faster than last year’s group. Yeah, so the first first person
I would like to introduce is Chair of the Board of
Trustees, Dianne McKay. (claps) All right, good job, everybody. Next we have Vice Chair
Trustee Larry Kennedy. (claps) We have Trustee Arturo Hernandez, (claps) Trustee Steve Blum, (claps) Trustee Bernardo Perez. (claps) Next we have Chancellor
of the Ventura County Community College District,
Dr. Jamillah Moore. (claps) Doesn’t that sound cool? You guys are good, yeah. Next we have our Executive Vice President of Student Learning,
Dr. Patrick Jefferson, (claps) our Vice President of Business
Services, David Keebler, (claps) President of the Academic
Senate, Alex Kolesnik, (claps) President of the Classified
Senate, Peder Nielsen, (claps) and President of the Associated Students of Ventura College, Lucia Marquez. (claps)
(cheering) And finally, let’s give
a big round of applause for all of you family and
friends of the graduates. (applauding)
(cheering) You may have noticed
the mace being carried in the faculty processional this morning. And the mace is off to
my left up here on stage. The faculty member carrying
the mace represents the commitment of all
Ventura College employees to the success of our students. The carrier of the mace for
today’s graduation ceremony was nominated and selected
by the Academic Senate in recognition of his
excellence in service to the college and students. Our mace carrier is Gary Anglin. Gary is retiring after 37
years with Ventura College. He has served as Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Football Coach,
helping many student athletes. Gary also had an exemplary career as a student athlete at Ventura College. Gary, please stand so we
can recognize and thank you. (applauding) Finally, I’d like to introduce
the four faculty members who will be assisting us with the reading of the graduates’ names, so this is where you get to
employ the one clap again. First, we have Ms. Lucy Capuano-Brewer. (claps) Next, we have Mr. Robert Chaparro, (claps) Ms. Deborah Pollack, (claps) and Dr. Art Sandford. (claps) Many factors contribute to
the success of a student. A key component is the student’s initiative and responsibility. That initiative is then
bolstered, encouraged, and supported by the
Ventura College faculty, staff, and administration. Faculty, staff, and administrators, please stand so that we can
recognize you for the work that you do to support
our students every day. (applauding)
(cheering) Okay, thank you. And I know that our students recognize how the encouragement and support of family and friends has
contributed to their success. Students, if you could please
stand and then acknowledge… Students, please stand. Yeah, there we go, all right. But go ahead and turn to
everybody who’s out here watching what we’re doing this morning, and just acknowledge and thank all of them for the support they provided you. (applauding)
(cheering) All right, thank you, please be seated. Graduates, speaking on behalf of the entire Ventura College community, we are honored to be able to share in this celebration of your achievement. I would like to begin my comments with a quote from Garry Trudeau. He’s the creator of the
Doonesbury comic strip. “Commencement speeches were
invented largely in the belief “that outgoing college students
should never be released “into the world until they
have been properly sedated.” (laughing) But I do want to assure
you we’re not going to sedate you this morning, okay. Ventura College will be
a beacon of learning, a source of inspiration and guidance for our students and our community. That is our vision. As I visited with students this year, you shared stories of how faculty or a staff member helped
you grow intellectually or connected you with services
to help you focus on success and the completion of your goal. I hope that you were inspired and guided in ways that supported
your journey of discovery at Ventura College. You will always be a part of
the Ventura College family. We are proud of you and
your many accomplishments. Thank you for choosing Ventura College. As you cross the stage,
you are taking steps to define your path moving forward. How will you use your talents
and abilities to contribute to your family, to your
community, and to society? Carry the beacon of learning with you, and inspire and guide others to help them meet their potential and the opportunities ahead. I will close with another quote. Tom Brokaw stated, “You are educated. “The certification is in your degree. “You may think of it as a
ticket to the good life. “Let me ask you to
think of an alternative. “Think of it as your ticket
to change the world.” Congratulations, and I wish
each of you a joyful day and an exciting and fulfilling future. Congratulations, students.
(applauding) At this time, I would like to invite Board of Trustee Steve Blum to the podium to share some thoughts with you. Steve? – Good morning. The day has arrived. You are graduating from Ventura College. In about 60 minutes, you’ll
be alumni of Ventura College. So on behalf of the Board of Education, Ventura County Community College District, congratulations to the class of 2015. (applauding)
(cheering) Keep clapping, you can
clap more than once. (applauding)
(cheering) We are very proud of you, and you should be very
proud of yourselves. To all those who have
assisted you this year to get to this point,
faculty, classified staff, counselors, administrators,
a big thank you. Ventura College is lucky
to have you in its employ. Graduates, we wish you the
best as you go forward. Continue to work hard,
continue to succeed. Be nice, be honest. Eat your vegetables. Be lucky and be happy. And help others as others have helped you. Your life, unlike this
speech, will go fast. Make the most of it. Best wishes to all of you, and
once again, congratulations. (applauding)
(cheering) – Next it is my pleasure
to introduce the Chancellor of our district, Dr. Jamillah Moore. (applauding) – Hello. Congratulations to the class of 2015. (applauding)
(cheering) Excuse me one second. Just waiting on this message,
just a quick text to… You know, sorry, sorry,
just had to get that done. (laughs) On behalf of
the Board of Trustees for the Ventura County
Community College District, we would like to wish you congratulations. As you cross the stage
and become graduates of Ventura College, you
also will become ambassadors to the district. We ask that you share your
story of your success. This is an example of what
community colleges do every day: student success. Many of you are transitioning
into four-year institutions, many of you are going
out into the workforce, completion of Career Technical
Education certificates. But many of you have
accomplished a great, great goal, and that is becoming productive citizens, graduates of Ventura College, ambassadors of Ventura County
Community College District. I ask that you make it one of your goals as you enter the workforce now and as you transition to
four-year institutions to find a replacement for
the seat that you sit in. Many of you can identify
that one instructor, that guardian, that parent,
maybe it was your own child, that gave you that inspiration
to complete this goal today. And so therefore you should
acknowledge that many of us, myself included, would not
have gotten here by ourselves, but somebody helped us along the way. It’s also an opportunity to say thank you to the faculty and staff
that made this day possible and to say thank you to
all of the individuals in the stands that are
here in support of you. So on behalf of the Ventura County Community College
District, congratulations. We wish you continued success. (applauding)
(cheering) – Next, please welcome our
Academic Senate President, Mr. Alex Kolesnik. (applauding) – Welcome, students and your families. (speaking Spanish) As you walk across the stage and claim your certificate or degree, notice that you must go upstairs
to get here, right here. Each one of those stairs
represent difficult steps that you have taken to
get where you are today. Know that you’re also taking
a major step forward in life. You’re joining the esteemed
group called college graduates. If you look at the
statistical demographics of Ventura College, you’ll
find that many of us are the first in our families
to graduate from college, and also many of us are first or second generation
immigrants in this country. I am part of that group of immigrants. I left my birthplace of Kiev, Ukraine with my parents in October of 1974. We left with just two suitcases
filled with a few clothes and pictures, a pot,
two fry pans, an iron, a meat grinder, and a shortwave radio. These were things my parents were sure they’d not be able to
buy in the United States. We arrived 40 years ago to
live in a one bedroom apartment in Hollywood, California with
just those two suitcases, no money, and no knowledge of English. But my parents did bring
one other thing with them: their educations. They both struggled greatly
against the Communist system in the Soviet Union to enter
college and earn their degrees. My father suffered great hardship
to become a mathematician. My mother worked tirelessly
to become an engineer. Like many of you, they were
the first in their family to earn their degrees. My parents took ESL classes
at UCLA to learn English while they searched for work. Their education proved
to be very valuable. Eventually, my father
became a math professor. My mother worked to design
buildings and bridges. Your educations will prove to
be valuable to you as well. An average worker with an associate degree will earn $400,000 more in their lifetime as compared to one with
only a high school diploma. But the value of your
degrees will be much greater, having a great impact on
your family and friends. The next generation in
your family will likely follow your lead to attend college. This was the case for me and my wife, children of first generation
college graduates. We were expected to
continue our educations as far as we could,
and have been fortunate to obtain the most meaningful
work imaginable for us, teachers at Ventura College. The degrees you receive today
are great accomplishments, but I want to encourage you
to continue your education as far as you can. Earning a bachelor’s
degree will, on average, result in an additional
$600,000 in lifetime earnings, and a master’s degree another
800,000 on top of that. And the effects on your
life will go beyond that. Not only will those degrees
have an even greater ripple effect on your family and friends, but will also put you in
jobs that will change you, provide you with great satisfaction, and allow you to share the thoughts of writers and thinkers before you. I congratulate you on your achievements. As you step up here to
receive your diploma, consider where you’ll be
going next on your journey. Your education is something
you can always take with you wherever you go, and can
never be taken away from you. I wish you the best for your future. (applauding) – Peder Nielsen, President
of the Classified Senate, will now share some thoughts for you. Please welcome Peder to the podium. (applauding) – Welcome, members of
the Board of Trustees, dedicated faculty and staff,
and proud parents and friends, and the graduates of the class of 2015. I’m honored to join you today as Classified Senate President. I am proud to represent the
classified employees here at Ventura College. The classified staff are
the ones on the front lines in the essential work that
keeps Ventura College running. These dedicated employees
perform a wide range of duties, including security,
office and clerical work, maintenance and operations,
computer services, setting up graduation,
which we were all here before six o’clock in the morning getting this place ready for
you, organizing graduation. These extraordinary workers
strive to improve the lives of our students every day. As many of you know, I have
a great fondness for Disney, so I believe every good story starts out with the simple words, once upon a time. Once upon a time, the
class of 2015 set out on an adventure of their own. You have explored various fields and started down a path that
you have chosen to pursue. The diligence in working
towards this day will equip you to enter the world of
increasing complexity. As with all adventures, you
must now leave the community that has supported you, instructed you, and made your way into the world with the knowledge that
you have obtained here. Let us adopt the wisdom of Chef Gusteau from Disney’s Ratatouille. “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. “You must try things that may not work, “and you must not let
anyone define your limits “because of where you came from.” Your only limits are
your soul, class of 2015. Today’s ceremony celebrates
your accomplishments of all you graduates. But the celebration is nothing
without the anticipation of the achievements to come. You have been given an awesome beginning. Your charge now is to take
all that you have learned and continue on your path to success. You are leaving behind a legacy
that can never be repeated, as it is your legacy. On behalf of the Ventura
College classified employees, congratulations, best wishes, and may you live happily ever after. (applauding)
(cheering) – Thank you, Peder. And finally, please welcome Lucia Marquez, President of the Associated Students. (cheering)
(applauding) Lucia has worked with
her Student Senate team to accomplish many great things this year, and she has served you well. So, Lucia, congratulations,
and there’s your promise. (cheering)
(applauding) – Good morning. (laughs) I think all of us can agree that it has been a long
week, a long semester, and even a long few years
to make it to today. The time that I have
spent at Ventura College has helped me realize that
a lot of the students here are charged with many
hardships and struggles. But regardless of the challenges we faced, it did not stop us. It is clear to me that we all have traveled
very different paths that have brought us to this moment. But despite how we all got here, we share the common goal of
pursuing higher education to take us where we wanna go in life. As community college students,
we face different struggles than the average college student. Some of us balance a wide
variety of responsibilities, whether it be work, family, or internal battles of self-actualization, on top of schoolwork and classes. The beauty of community college is that it gives students
like us the opportunity to be exposed to higher education while simultaneously stepping into the real world and adulthood. It is such an amazing sight to be surrounded by so many people that value their academic
future and personal success, because I know how many
essays have been written, long hours and long nights, sometimes even tears, and hard work that it took to make it. I commend you all on your
achievements and accomplishments. Some of us would not be here
if it wasn’t for the help of some of the individuals
that are sitting with us. To all faculty, staff,
administrators that played a role in motivating and inspiring us, thank you. (applauding) To the family members and loved ones that have always supported us, thank you. (applauding)
(cheering) And to our classmates who have
our backs from the beginning, thank you. (cheering)
(applauding) It has been an incredible
experience serving you as the Student Body President
of this academic year. Congratulations, class of 2015. We made it. (cheering)
(applauding) – All right, we’re getting to
where things are gonna start to get very exciting now for everybody. So at this point, will all
the graduates please stand? (cheering) The graduates have been recommended
to the Board of Trustees by the faculty of Ventura College as having successfully completed
the requirements set forth by the state of California for the associate in
arts and sciences degrees and for certificates of achievement. According to the action
taken by the governing board and by the authority vested in me as the President of Ventura College, I declare the associate’s degrees and certificates of
achievement to be conferred. Family, friends, faculty,
staff, and dignitaries, I present to you the
graduating class of 2015, and let’s hear it for ’em. (cheering)
(applauding) Would the trustees please
take, oh, and please be seated. Yeah, there we go. Don’t want you standing there too long. Would the trustees
please take their places on either side of the stage? Ms. Pollack, Ms. Capuano, Mr. Chaparro, and Dr. Sandford, thank you, and please begin presenting
our list of graduates. (cheering) – [Woman] Oh, okay, Well, I’ll take ’em from here,
and then how about over here? Yeah, because the students
are gonna come up. Thank you so much. – [Man] You can sit in
one of the board’s chairs. That’s okay, because they’re
gonna be standing up. (chatting) – [Woman] Just so I can
give you the whole sign. (cheering) – [Man] They usually go that way, okay. – [Deborah] I’m Deborah. – Amy.
– All right. – [Woman] Oh no, I’m just gonna– – [Man] I don’t do a capella. (cheering) – [Man] Can I take a nap now? – [Man] Yeah, take a nap. – [Woman] See who’s coming, okay. Number one. – Natalie Castaneda, A.S. degree, nursing. – James MacLeod, A.A. – Sonia Rodarte, A.S. degree, nursing. – Juan Serrano, A.S. degree, business administration with honors. (horn blows) – Kathleen Ballantine,
A.S. degree, nursing. – Adrian Naranjo, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Dana Ispina, A.S. degree, nursing. – Diana Vargas, A.A. degree in psychology. – Karen Harby, A.S. degree, nursing. – Mary Elizabeth Gillette, A.A. in sociology with high honors. – Jennifer Quintana, A.S.
degree, nursing science. – Miguel Gutierrez, A.A. – Congratulations.
– Never doubt. – Rashea Paquette, A.S. degree, nursing science, high honors. – Isbeth Angeles, A.A. degree in business administration and accounting. – Renee Tindall, A.S. degree, nursing. – Sandra Martinez, A.A. degree
in sociology with honors. – Jessica McSilvers, A.S. degree, nursing. – Monica Montejano, A.A.
degree in sociology. – Roxanne Fox, A.D.N., nursing. – Carly Clark, A.A. in
psychology, high honors. – Debbie Leonard, A.S.
degree, nursing with honors. – Isaul Ulain Pachecho de Leon, automative certificate with honors. – April Poole, A.S. degree, nursing. – Yolanda Morales, A.A. in sociology. – Darcy Monteith, A.S. degree, nursing. – Denice Lamos Rivas, A.S. in psychology. – Carly Lucas, A.S. degree, nursing. – [Man] All right, Carly. – Vanque Smith, A.S. in
architecture with honors, I am 18. – Brian Alton, A.S. degree, nursing. – Yvette Covion, multiskilled
medical assisting, A.S. and certificate. – Tanya Scribner, A.S. degree, nursing. – Barbara Kim, A.A. environmental
and occupational health. – Angela Johnson, A.S.
degree, nursing with honors. – Stephen Hernandez, A.S.,
social behavioral science. – Margarita Reece, A.S. degree, nursing. – Stephanie Ortiz, A.S., family and consumer sciences with honors. – Esmeralda Morales, A.S. degree, nursing. – Lisbeth Nava, A.A. degree. – Rebecca Malon, A.S. degree, nursing. – Monica Duran, certificate
in medical assistant. – Melissa Sixby, A.S. degree, nursing. – Maria Tokski, certificate
as a medical assistant. – Kristin Riley, A.S. degree, nursing. – Raina Avila, certificate
as a medical assistant. – Margarita Tabunon, A.S. degree, nursing. – Daniel Loast, A.A. in mathematics. – Patricia Vallarta, A.S.
degree, nursing with honors. – Arlene Ayala, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Lindsay Wood, A.S. degree, nursing. – Anne Martinez Zapata,
A.S. degree in accounting. – Victoria Vochelle, A.S. degree, nursing. – Thomas Koch, A.A. degree
in business administration. – Biana Zuneiga, A.S. degree, nursing. – Johnny Concino, A.S.
degree in accounting. – Valerie Rena, A.S. degree, nursing. – Elba Mendez, A.A. degree in psychology. – Miranda Nesh, A.S. degree, nursing. – Yaneli Maganya, A.A.
degree in dental hygiene. – Diana Ramirez A.S. degree nursing. – Galina Turchen A.S. degree
in accounting with high honors. – Michelle Toube A.S. degree nursing. – Bianca Hernandez A.A.
communication with honors. – Megan Rose Wilson associate of science and political science. – Carla Bonia A.A.
communications with honors. – Melissa Lunsford associate
of arts and natural science. – Alejandro Bonia A.A.
communications studies with honors. – Juan Vasquez associate
of arts and sociology and arts and behavioral humanities. – Jebecca Falsto A.A.
communications with honors. – Sara Alnurey associate
of arts and psychology. – Brittney Salazar A.A.
social behavioral sciences and arts and humanities. – Elizabeth Lovett, associate
of arts and theater arts. – Jaylene Mora, A.A. arts and humanity. – Tessa Ashbrook, associate of
arts in arts and humanities. – Michelle Coralle, A.A.
social and behavioral sciences. – Macaria Chaparro Martinez, associate of arts in theater arts. – Joana Almada, A.A. natural sciences and social and behavioral sciences. – Jacob Hobbins, associate
of arts in mathematics. – Joceline Alfaro, A.A. natural
sciences and mathematics. – Teresa Coralle, associate of science in business management, with honors. – Angel Magayanas, A.A.
in general studies, behavioral arts and humanities. – Chad Willis, associate
of arts in sociology. – Kylie Mercado, A.A. in
psychology, with honors. – Michael Martinez, associate of science in criminal justice, with honors. – Herlinda Garcia, A.A. in
social and behavioral science. – Jason Craig, associate
of arts in biology. – Sean Leveck, A.A. in
humanities and general studies. – Marlin Munos, associate
of arts in psychology, navy veteran, pardon me. – Alejandra Nunaz, A.A. in
social and behavioral science. – Judy Luna, associate of arts in behavioral and health
sciences, navy veteran. – Guadalupe Nunas, A.A. in
social and behavioral sciences, with honors. – Kevin Chaplin, associate
of science in water science. – Alex Flagan, A.S. in
welding and general studies. – Kailin Abbott, associate of
science in natural science. – Anthony Valdivia, A.A.
in business management. – Taylor Woolert, associate
of arts in natural science. – Kevin Trejo, A.S. degree in
criminal justice, with honors. – Rachel Ray, associate of
science in natural sciences and liberal studies with high honors. – Cindy Vargas, A.S. degree in sociology, psychology with honors. – Marina Castillo, associate
of science in natural science. – Daniel Marin, A.S. degree
in water sciences with honors. – Donald Peterson, associate
of science in natural science. – Tricia Shoughton, A.S.
degree in accounting, A.A. in social and behavioral science. – Katherine Spinelli, associate of science in criminal justice. – Esteban Armas, A.S. degree in radiology. – Eva Demetaius, associate
of arts in history. – Gabriela Torres, A.A.
degree in education. – Andres Gutierrez, associate of arts in communication studies. – Ashley Skillman, A.S. degree in social and behavioral sciences. – Jamie Lugowski, associate of arts in communications, with honors. – Erica Hacwinde Arollo, A.A. degree in psychology, with honors. – Joe Wagner, associate
of arts in mathematics, with highest honors. – Estafania Mendez, A.A.
business administration. – Paul Ortega, associate
of science in biology. – Erica Sunegal, certificate
in medical assistant. – Michelle Rivera, associate
of arts in psychology. – Jonathan Richmond, A.A. in
political science with honors. – Alissa Mora, associate
of arts in pre-radiology. – Yasena Zavala, A.A. degree in sociology. – Nicole Sneider, associate
of arts in sociology. – Daisy Aguilar, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Briana Velez, associate
of arts in sociology. – Yosari Arzola, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Sarai Pasqual Jimenez, associate of arts in sociology, with honors. – John Patrick Flores Vitag, A.A. degree in child development. – Cecilia Gonzalez, A.A.
degree, business administration. – Kevin Carlo Almonte, natural sciences and social behavioral
sciences, A.A. with honors. – Erica Andrade, A.A. degree sociology. – Anita Tompag, A.A. natural
sciences with honors. – Wendelen Lopez, A.A. degree
sociology, high honors. – Tina Molenga, A.A. fine art
criminal justice with honors. – Marlene Cabahal, A.A.
degree sociology, high honors. – Han Wong A.A. natural
science with honors. – Anjelica Mercado, A.A. degree sociology. – Natalie Chavez, A.A.
natural science with honors. – Jacob Arseio, A.S. degree
water science, high honors. – Maria Gutierrez, A.A. arts
and humanities with honors. – Alfredo Travino, A.S degree,
water science with honors. – Anjelica Serrata, A.A.
sociology with honors. – Jessica Silva, certificate A.S. degree social and behavioral
sciences, with honors. – Aviana Avila, A.A. in sociology. – Diego Leon, A.S. degree,
social and behavioral sciences, and administration of justice. – Chris Macwillan, certificate in multi-skilled medical
assistant, with honors. – Elizabeth Hernandez, A.A.
degree natural sciences. – Tristan Anderson, A.S.
degree in water science with highest honors. – Monica Cifuentes, A.A. degree arts and humanities, high honors. – Anjelica Gutierrez, A.S. degree with an emphasis in natural science. – Leticia Barcelona, A.S.
degree in accounting, with bilingual cross-cultural studies. – Teresa Calderon, A.S.
degree with an emphasis in natural science. – Maria Vernazquez, A.A. degree social and behavioral sciences. – Alitza Luna, A.A. degree in sociology. – Cindy Granados, A.S. degree, multi-skilled medical assistant. – Brenda Sanchez, A.A.
degree in natural science and social and behavioral emphasis. – Desiree Miraz, A.A.
degree liberal studies. – Beranice Ramirez, A.S. degree in social and behavioral sciences. – Rosemary Sepulveda, A.A.
degree kinesiology, with honors. – Reyna Duran, A.S. degree in social and behavioral science, with honors. – Jose Duardo-Vega, A.S.
degree natural sciences. – Carla Yamaz, A.S. degree in
criminal justice with honors. – Candace Kenall, A.S.
degree natural science. – Miguel Romero, A.A. in psychology. – Alissa Goldman, A.A. degree sociology. – Anthony Calihoso, A.S. in kinesiology. – Nicole Kocker, A.A. degree, psychology. – Ally Chavez, A.A. in sociology. – Tyler Flores, A.A. degree
environmental studies, with honors. – Stacy Barrios, A.A. in sociology. – Chazney Marco, A.S. degree
mathematics, high honors. – Vivianas Amora, A.S. in
business administration. – Jennifer Savala, A.A. degree, social and behavioral sciences. – Marylou Hayes, A.S in criminal justice. – Nicole Annette Barrios, A.S. degree, business administration. – Isat Dovar, A.A. industrial design. – Sonemi Munoz, A.S. degree
business administration, high honors. – Alexis Gutierrez, A.S. automotive. – Paola Medina, associate
of science in pre-nursing. – Anjelica Tapia, A.A. in psychology, and A.A. in social behavioral sciences. – Jennifer Ortiz, associate
of arts in liberal studies and social behavioral sciences. – Mario Guien, A.A. in psychology. – George Mares, associate
of arts in liberal studies and sociology, with honors. – Ahmar Bacas, A.A. degree
in business management. – Bradley Fullerton, associate
of arts in psychology. – Sara Heath, A.A. in general sciences. – Dillon Coleman, associate of arts in liberal arts, with honors. – Kiara Robles, A.A. in
anthropology and sociology. – Russell Kristoff, associate of arts with liberal arts, with honors. – Daniella Baltazar, certificate
in medical assisting. – Alexander Torres,
associate of arts degree. – Christina Rance, A.A. in psychology. – Jose Luis Contreras, associate
of arts in general studies. – Madeline Rogers, A.A. in psychology. – Josh Olson, associate of arts in liberal arts, with honors. – Marissa Ybarra, A.A. in sociology. – Jeffrey Schwartz, associate
of arts in psychology. – Paulina Rivera, A.A. in sociology. – Gregory Minier, associate of science in computer engineering, with honors. – Mariah Delgado, A.A. in
social and behavioral sciences. – Kyle Fuller, associate
of arts in psychology. – Adrian Loza, A.S. degree
in criminal justice. – Kristina Rodriguez, associate of science in social behavioral sciences. – Nathan Lovado, A.A. in sociology. – Michelle San, associate of science in business administration,
with highest honors. – Enid Garcia, A.A. in sociology. – Sarah Garcia, associate of arts in social behavioral sciences. – Daniel Filipe Reyes, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Carissa Cooksie, associate of arts in psychology, with honors. – Emmanuel Morales, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Emmanuel Cortez, associate of science in business management. – Jonathan Barbarin, A.A.
in business administration, management, and accounting. – Andre Goode, associate
of arts in natural science with high honors. – Dedante Freeman, A.A.
in general science. – Anayeli Vences, associate
of arts in general studies, with social behavioral
sciences area of emphasis. – Erin McKinney, A.A. in natural science. – Christian McNair, associate
of arts in political science and criminal justice. – Calani Villegas, A.S.
arts and humanities and social behavioral sciences. – Jessica Moore, associate
of arts in general studies with natural science. – Makayla Periconicap, A.S.
in nursing with honors. – Dominic Depaolo, associate
of arts in general studies. – Madison O’Donnell, A.S. in
biology with highest honors. – Isaiah Jackson, associate
of arts in criminal justice. – Danielle Sabo, A.A. business
administration with honors. – Kyler O’Halarin, associate
of arts in general studies. – Carly Maciel, A.A.
behavioral science with honors. – Chet Sterling, associate
of arts in holistic studies. – Jennifer Roach, A.A. natural science, mathematics with honors. – Montre Lee, associate
of arts in general studies and psychology. – Daisy Morales, A.S. – Udiel Rojas, associate
of science in accounting and business administration. – Tatiana Lugo, A.A. in psychology. – Luis Candido, associate of science in business and accounting. – Alejandro Robles, A.A.
in political science in history and international
relations, with honors. – Enrique Jimenez, associate
of science in physics, with highest honors. – Jose Hernandez, A.A.
degree in general studies, with an associates
degree, he finally did it, and this is for his mom. (applauding)
(cheering) – Edgar Antion, associate of science in electrical engineering,
with highest honors. – Adam Estrada, A.A. in natural sciences. – Sidney Walker, associate
of arts in sociology. – Kaylene Deguzmon, A.A. in liberal arts and natural sciences. – Amaya Brown, associate of arts in social behavioral sciences. – Daniel Dominguez, A.A. in
liberal studies with honors. – Eric Davis, associate
of arts in sociology. – Alex Eniquez, A.S.
degree in natural science. – Vondel Finel, associate
of arts in sociology, with high honors. – Kanin Nagel, A.A. degree in sociology. – Maria Garcia Garbahal, associate of arts in social behavioral sciences. – Veronica Guirre,
certificate in multi-skills medical assistant receptionist. – Alma Ramirez, associate of arts in social behavioral
sciences, with honors. – Gabrielle Dominique
Sanchez, A.A. in sociology. – Lisette Trujillo,
certificate of achievement in medical assisting. – Makayla Pelle, A.A. degree
in psychology with honors. – Jamie Adame, A.A. degree in photography. – Sarah Michelle Valos,
A.A. in liberal arts and English with honors. – Maria Charlotte DeBatalina,
A.A. degree psychology and general studies. – Alejandro Rios, A.A. in
business and accounting with high honors. – Sierra Door, A.A. holistic
health with high honors. – Angelica Lopez, A.A. in
psychology with honors. – Jillian Bartley, A.A.
psychology with high honors. – Aaron Ontiveros, A.A. in psychology. – Samuel Hernandez, A.A.
degree, behavioral sciences. – Ryan Bertram, A.S.
degree in natural sciences. – Eliana Caldera, A.S. degree photography. – Gary Reyes, A.S. and certificate as a multi-skilled medical assistant. – Adam Morales, A.A. degree
business administration. – Isaac Rodriguez, A.A. in sociology. – Michael Lee, A.S. degree,
architecture with high honors. – Aaron Leon, A.A. in criminal justice. – Erica Denafrio, A.A.
degree, communications. – Luisa Rosco, A.S. degree
in criminal justice. – Abel Ayana, A.A. degree,
arts and humanities. – Megan Lambert, A.A.
psychology with honors. – Brandon Jason Burns, A.A. in
liberal studies with honors, A.A. in political science with honors, A.A. in social behavioral
science with honors, A.A. in communications with honors. – David Mecillas, A.A. in
psychology with honors. – Pablo Rubio, A.A. in liberal arts. – Britney Gonzalez, A.A.
in psychology with honors. – Juan Martinez, A.S. degree, accounting. – Juan Dialobos, A.S. in engineering. – Antonia Ramirez, A.A.
degree, social sciences. – Paul Gonzalez, A.A. in liberal studies. – Ruth Elizabeth Barnett, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Benson Chavez, A.A.
English with high honors. – Christy Campos, certificate
in medical assisting. – Jaima Luna, A.A. in communications. – Kimberly Master, certificate in multi-skilled medical assisting. – Dillon Roberts, A.A. in general studies with emphasis on natural
sciences, with honors. – Jacqueline Lorraine
Atwood, A.A. in liberal arts and behavioral sciences, with honors. – Alex Miron, A.S. in computer science. – Patrick Radford, A.A. in
general studies and history. – Thomas Garcia, A.A. in economics. – Ryan Gallagher, A.A. in
anthropology, with high honors. – Christian Rodriguez, A.A. in fine arts. – Joe Marcus Woods, Jr.,
certificate in music. – Alex Nickason, A.A in accounting. – Claire Kilas, A.S. in mathematics, A.A. in liberal studies with high honors. – Samantha Lunsford, A.A. in
sociology with highest honors. – Ryan Kilas, A.A. in
international affairs with high honors. – Mary Tae White, A.A. in
liberal studies with high honors. – Rhiannon Fosco, A.S. in
criminal justice with honors. – Clyde D. Hayes the Third,
A.A. in arts and humanities. – Colin Pascua, A.S.
in business management. – Chelsea Malone, A.A.
in sociology with honors, transferring to UCSD. – Claudia Vanessa Romero, A.S. in math and science, with honors. – Arlene Lopez, with an A.S.
in business administration, an A.A. in social behavioral science, dedicated to her son Noah. – Carina Lopez, A.A.
in arts and humanities with high honors. – Aransa Galvon, A.A. in sociology. – Monica Diaz, A.A. in
psychology with high honors. – Deshe David Ford, A.A. in history. – Tiffany Robins, A.S.
in natural sciences. – Genesis Zequa, A.S. in
business administration. – Katrina Heluz, A.S.
degree in natural sciences. – Jessica Marones, A.S.
degree in accounting. – Ralph Krilly, A.A.
degree in holistic health. – Juan Alberto Verdugo,
A.A. degree in sociology. – Patricia Stephenson, A.A.
degree in natural science. – Hillary Cook, A.A. degree in history. – Yanelli Cabarena
Arvisu, associate of arts in social behavioral science. – Matthew Dempsey, A.A. in accounting and business administration. – George Ybarra, associate
of arts in kinesiology. – Jonathan Alvarado, A.A. in kinesiology. – Danielle Scora, associate
of arts in psychology. – Jasmine Pinto, A.A. in sociology. – Katie Romero, associate
of arts in liberal studies. – Alexis Artiaga, A.A. in humanities and social behavioral sciences. – Mariana Guinsalas
Bacio, associate degree in transfer in psychology. – Yanette Garabai, A.A.
in natural sciences. – Sarah Noel, associate
of arts in history. – Anthony Vasquez, A.A. in kinesiology. – Mallory Wartink, associate of arts in social behavioral studies
and science, with honors. – Maricelda Jimenez,
A.S. in criminal justice. – Justin Rombaran, associate
of arts in natural science. – Shanay Halloway, A.A. in psychology. – Lauren Banta, associate
of arts in theater arts and arts and humanities, with high honors. – Jose Guadalupe Theodoa,
A.A. in liberal studies. – Korina Kayes, associate
of arts in natural sciences. – Desiree Franco, A.A. in studio arts. – Danica Morrison, associate
of arts in biological sciences and associate of arts in
natural sciences, with honors. – Asher Smith, A.S. in music. – Marlee Rosemarie
Heinegher, associate of arts in natural sciences, with honors. – Cindy Ramos, certificate
in child development. – Anthony Balzak, associate
of arts in humanities, with emphasis in music. – Christopher Vasquez, A.A. in music. – Eduardo Flores, associate of arts degree with social behavioral sciences. – Caramarie Blake, A.A. in music. – Susanna Cortez, associate
of arts degree in sociology. – Alisa Ann Blake, A.A. in photography. – Erin Telavich, associate of
arts degree in anthropology, with highest honors. – Mariana Perez, A.A. in
psychology, with honors. – Jason Munoz, associate of
arts degree in anthropology. – Miguel Mendoza, A.S.
in criminal justice. – Railene Zamora,
associate of arts degree in health sciences, with a social
behavioral sciences emphasis. – Kristina Olivarez, A.S.
degree in criminal justice with high honors. – Janessica DeLarosa,
associate of arts degree in natural science. – Beatriz Cazares, A.A.
degree in studio arts, with high honors. – Raphael Alvarado,
associate of science degree in administration of justice. – Geovana Ceha, A.S. and certificate, A.S. in general studies, certificate in medical
assistant with honors. – Alexis Olgin, associate of arts degree in liberal arts and science. – Andrea Macies, A.S. and certificate as a medical assistant, with honors. – Eduardo Chavez, A.A. in sociology. – Paul Durand, A.S. in
accounting with high honors. – Adam Aguinera, A.S. in fire technology. – Estefania Sanchez,
A.S. in criminal justice, with high honors. – Niconasa Guinerra, A.S. degree
in sociology, with honors. – Joana Vazquez, A.A. in liberal studies. – Nicole Murillo, A.A.
degree in communications, with honors. – Marco Sertado, A.A.
in political science. – Armando Manuel Morales Hernandez Jr., A.A. degree in social arts. – Enrique Arroyo, A.A. in sociology. – Jill Weatherford, A.S.
in business mathematics, A.A. in arts and humanities,
social and behavioral science. – Vicente Camacho, A.S. degree
in business administration. – Yasmin Nuna, A.A. in
behavioral sciences. – Sean Martinez, A.A.
degree in criminal justice. – Andrea Gonzalez Lopez, A.S.
degree in natural sciences and biological sciences. – Ariana Lopez, A.A. in
psychology and business. – Janette Savala, A.A.
in child development. – Margart Jackson, A.A. in
humanities with high honors and the National American
Sign Language Honor Society. – Ellie Reyes, A.A. in psychology. – Diana Zimbrano, A.A. in liberal arts. – Karla Hughes, A.S.
degree in general sciences. – Esteban Casas, A.A. in
political science, with honors. – Logan Hargid, A.S. degree
in drafting technology. – Julia Osborne, A.A. in political science with highest honors. – Erandini Bastida, A.A.
degree in social sciences. – Alexandra Abarca, A.A.
in child development. – Tiffany Briana Flores, A.A. degree in social and behavioral sciences. – Ebony Lawrence, A.A. in
child development, with honors. – Cruz Ricardos Alcedo Mesa, A.S. degree drafting technology and engineering. – Tyler Jade Miller, A.A. in psychology. – Casey Clifford, A.S.
degree in criminal justice with high honors. – Thalia Alcarez, A.S.
in child development. – Neticia Hernandez, A.A. degree in social and behavioral science. – Jasmine Medina,
certificate in accounting. – Lucero Nedesma, A.A.
degree in sociology. – Britney McQuaid, A.A.
communications, with honors. – Daisy Ganindo, A.A.
degree in natural sciences. – David Ramirez, A.A. in certificate in natural sciences with honors. – Briana Aguilar, associate of arts in business administration, with honors. – Sophia Chandler, A.A. in certificate in natural sciences with highest honors. – Edie Dion Ruiz, associate of arts degree in arts and humanities. – Delaney David, A.A. in natural sciences. – Jenay Guiona, associate of arts degree in child development. – Miranda Campos, A.A. social
and behavioral sciences. – Brianna Burrio,
associate of science degree in child development. – Christina Watkins, A.S. in
accounting with high honors. – Brianne Fortier,
associate of science degree in child development. – Adriana Barton, A.S.
in business management and A.S. in accounting. – Natalie Guiardo,
associate of science degree in child development, with honors. – Anjelica Reyes, A.S. in
criminal justice, with honors, and she is a mother of five. – Marianne Huerta,
associate of science degree in child development. – Pedro Behegai, A.A. in psychology. – Rebecca Enriquez,
associate of science degree in child development, for my
husband and seven children. – Mara Judriguez, A.A. in criminal justice and social behavioral sciences. – Abigail Ibarra,
certificate of achievement in child development. – Paola Rodriguez, multi-skill medical assistance certificate. – Uricsi Gonzalez,
associate of science degree in child development. – Steven Prado, A.S. in welding
technology, with honors. – Vididiana Savala,
certificate of achievement in child development. – Jesus Gonzalez, A.S. in
welding and fabrication, with honors. – Tia Terry, associate of science degree in child development. – Rojelia Muniz, A.S. in physical science engineering technology. – Erica Garcia, associate
of science degree in child development, with high honors. – Veronica Juvacalba, A.A. in sociology. – Esteban Leva, associate
degree in transfer in child development. – Liliana Sepulveda, A.A. in
natural sciences, with honors. – Maria Alonso, associate
of arts degree in sociology. – Jessica Gama, A.A. natural
science with high honors. – Clarissa Ventura,
associate of science degree in child development. – Laura McMahon, A.A. natural
sciences, with honors. – Cindy Garcia, associate of arts degree in sociology, with honors. – Jessica Bolonga, associate
degree for transfer in business administration, with honors. – Jonathan Viacona,
associate of arts degree in psychology, with honors. – Selenie Salgado, A.A
in arts and humanities. – Daisy Sagrado, associate of arts degree with social behavioral sciences
and arts and humanities, with high honors. – Enda Garcia, A.S. medical assistant and associate multi-skilled
certificate with honors. – Sandy Muran, associate of science degree in business administration. – Sylvia Vasquez, A.S. and certificate in medical assistant
multi-skilled with honors. This is for Aperios. – Ilma Barragon Balaio,
associate of arts degree in natural science. – Derrick Alan Heste, A.S.
degree in water science. – Kayla Contreras,
associate of arts degree in natural science. – Rebecca Lopez, A.A. in
business administration, with honors. – Thomas Huber, associate of
arts degree in psychology. – Jimena Ornelas, A.A. degree. – Jason Faye, associate of
arts degree in theater arts. – Diana Cervantes, A.A. in sociology. – Maria Soninas, A.A. degree
in social science, with honors. – Ashley Campbell, A.A. degree
in psychology, with honors. – Stephanie Jacoby, A.A.
degree in sociology. – Nico Simms, A.A. degree in psychology. – Guillermo Mondujano, certificate in construction management. – Erin Gallagher, A.A.
in environmental studies and geography. – Victor Mendez, A.A. in
business, with honors. – Cesar Vazconselos, A.A. in psychology. – Rodrigo Ciracusa, A.A.
degree in managerial business, with honors. – (yells unclearly) – April Jones, A.S. degree and
certificate in water science. – All right here we go, here we go. Renan Mendez, A.A. degree
in business, with honors. – Paola Cano, A.A. degree in
natural sciences, with honors. – Marteos Montero, A.A. degree
in business, with honors. – Kylie Kyser, A.A. degree
in psychology, with honors. – Jorge Cancino, A.A. degree
in visual arts, with honors. – Naomi Jordan, A.A.
in behavioral science, social science with honors. – Jackie Perez, A.A. degree
in sociology, with honors. – Abigail Littleton, A.A.
degree in liberal studies and teaching, with honors. – Jessica Lee, A.A. in
sociology, psychology. – Haylie Berg, A.A. degree
in sociology, with honors. – Monica Ball, A.A. degree
in sociology, psychology. – Vanessa Vigarcia, A.A. in sociology. – Lara Tugis, A.A. degree
psychology, with honors. – Efrin Gutierrez, A.S.
degree in criminal justice. – Joana Esquevel, A.S. degree
in social behavioral sciences. – Ruth Delao, certificate
in administrative medical front office
and grandmother of five. – Billie Beard, associate’s degree in sociology for transfer, with honors. – Alejandra Gonzalez,
certificate in criminal justice, with highest honors. – Anna Morones, A.A. degree
in sociology with emphasis in child development. – Isabel Joy Abbott,
A.A. in political science with an emphasis on
international relations, with highest honors, she’s
transferring to UCLA. Shake everybody’s hand,
go ahead, it’s good. – Tram Bui, A.S. degree in
accounting, with highest honors. – Giselle Ortiz Ante, A.A. in psychology and general studies, this is
for her mother and sister. – Marilu Carillo, A.A.
degree in sociology, with high honors. – Anita Teresa Lemos, A.A.
and A.S. in liberal studies and child development. – Nayeli Angeles, associate of arts degree in business administration for transfer. For my family, with honors. – Mayra Villagomez, A.A. in
natural science and mathematics. To Mom and Dad. – Star Madrid, associate of
arts degree in psychology, social behavioral sciences. We did it. – Fernando Zepeda, certificate
in automotive technology, with high honors. Dedicated to his son, Anthony. – Emma Evalyn Rojas,
associate of science degree in criminal justice. – Maria G. Maldonado, A.A.
with an area of emphasis in arts and humanities, with honors. – Natalia Cohen, associate of arts degree in criminal justice. – Tiffany Reynolds, A.A. in sociology, with an area of emphasis
in human sciences, dedicated to her four children. – Sara Acosta, associate of
science degree in accounting. Amy Baker, certificate of achievement in business management and
accounting, with honors. – Elenis Carrera, A.A. in sociology. She did it– (air horn blows) She did it for her daughter. – Marisa Garcia, associate of
arts degree with an emphasis in social behavioral
sciences, with highest honors, for my daughter. – Margie Martinez Cruz,
A.A. transfer to CSUN with a degree in sociology. – Sean Kirkoff, associate of
arts degree in psychology, transferring to ASU. – Jamona Enriquez, A.A. sociology, transfer to CSUN with honors. – Brook Gilke, associate of
arts degree in humanities. Alexia Rivera, associate degree in social behavioral
sciences, to my mom and dad. – Rhonda Ego, A.S. in criminal
justice, airs fours bet. – Yesenia Rosas, associate
of arts degree in transfer, in sociology. Sonia Ortado, certificate of achievement in multi-skilled medical assisting. Natalie Julie Naranjo,
associate of arts degree in communications with honors,
transferring to Long Beach. Nicola Konte, associate of
arts degree in psychology, with honors. Noemi Salcedo, associate of
arts degree in communications, with highest honors. Luisa Fernandez, associate
of science degree in business management. Lorell Tankersley,
associate of science degree in arts and humanities. Fernando Rocha, associate of arts degree in general education. Vididiana Romano, associate
of arts degree in psychology. Jose J.B. Barrera,
associate of arts degree in political science, with high honors. Christina Robinson,
associate of science degree in engineering and arts and
humanities, with high honors. Octavio Gomez, associate of science degree in business management. Jesus Rocha, associate of science
degree in general studies, social behavioral sciences, and for transfer in
business administration. – Nicole Matthis, A.A.
degree in psychology. Jennifer Asavedo, A.A. degree
in arts and humanities. Maritza Garcia, A.A. degree
in sociology, with honors. Britney McDow, A.A. degree
arts and humanities, with high honors, for her daughter. Jamie Swan, A.A. degree in
photography and architecture, with high honors. Eriverta Yadida Ortega, A.S. degree in social behavioral sciences. Roger Rosete, A.A. associate
in science degree for transfer in business administration. Sergio Carco, A.A. in administration
of justice, semper fi. Bianca Moreno, A.A. degree
in arts and humanities. And last but certainly
not least, Lucia Marquez, A.A. degree in political science, transferring to UC Santa Cruz. (applauding)
(cheering) – All right, that’s great,
congratulations everybody. Let’s give all of our graduates
another round of applause. (applauding)
(cheering) But you know graduates, I do want to again just take a look there at
how many people are here to watch and support you. We have the stands full, we
have people on both sides of the stadium, so again,
thanks to all of you who have come here to celebrate with us. (applauding)
(horns blowing) All right, we will now honor
a long-standing tradition that is used to signify
the official earning of an associate degree or certificate. So graduates, before I have you stand up, make sure you have your
tassels on the right side. Yeah, we need to get
everybody situated correctly before we proceed. All right, tassels on the right. All right graduates, please stand. And now, graduates, you
may move your tassels from right to left. (applauding)
(cheering) All right, great job. Congratulations, please be seated. We have now come to the
close of our commencement. Thank you for celebrating with us. And to you, our graduates, you are the reason that we are here. You have completed your
education at Ventura College. Your achievement defines our primary goal. I do encourage you to
stay connected with us as an alumni, and also to connect with our Ventura College
Foundation as well. You are the embodiment of student success. Our special guests assembled onstage will lead the recessional, followed by our faculty and graduates. Please remain seated
during the recessional and then meet your graduate in the space behind the bleachers. To the graduates and their
families and friends, my sincere congratulations
and best wishes. Thank you. (applauding)
(cheering) (“Celebration” by Kool and The Gang) ♫ Woohoo ♫ Celebration ♫ Woohoo ♫ This is your celebration ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ There’s a party goin’ on right here ♫ A celebration to last
throughout the year ♫ So bring your good times
and your laughter too ♫ We gonna celebrate your
party with you, come on now, ♫ Celebration ♫ Let’s all celebrate and have a good time ♫ Celebration ♫ We gonna celebrate and have a good time ♫ It’s time to come together ♫ It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure ♫ Everyone around the world, come on ♫ Woohoo ♫ It’s a celebration ♫ Woohoo ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ It’s a celebration ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ We’re gonna have a good time tonight ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right ♫ We’re gonna have a good time tonight ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right ♫ Baby, we’re gonna
have a good time tonight ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right ♫ We’re gonna have a good time tonight ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right ♫ Woohoo ♫ Woohoo ♫ Celebrate good times,
come on, celebrate ♫

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