Fullerton College will celebrate the graduating class of 2017 during the 102nd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held on Sherbeck Field. Approximately, 2,780 degrees have been applied for during the 2016-17 academic year, amounting to the largest graduating class to date for Fullerton College.
Nearly 700 graduates are expected to participate in commencement activities, and guest attendance is expected to be at about 6,000. Temporary bleachers, chairs and a stage will be installed on Sherbeck Field to accommodate the ceremony.
“I join the administration, faculty, and staff of Fullerton College in applauding the achievements of our students and celebrating their success at this year’s commencement ceremony,” said President Greg Schulz. “We expect this to be our biggest Commencement in terms of graduates and guests. It is an honor to see the Fullerton College legacy continue strong in our 102nd graduating class.”
Debi Woelke, former Hornets head women’s basketball coach (1997-2012) and inductee to the Fullerton College Class of 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame, will give the keynote address. Woelke capped her impressive 15-year coaching career at Fullerton College in 2012 with a 330-163 overall record. From 2008 to 2012 she led the Hornets to four consecutive Orange Empire Conference titles and was voted OEC Coach of the Year six times during her career. She was named as the State Coach of the Year in 2010 and took over as head coach for the women’s golf team in 2012, leading the team to the State Finals for the first time.
Additionally, Students of Distinction Olivia LeValley and Aryiel Sanchez will each provide remarks on behalf of the Class of 2017. The ceremony will include recognition of outstanding student achievements, retired faculty, and honor the 2017 Teacher of the Year, Math and Engineering Professor Dr. Mareike Claassen.
Following the ceremony, Associated Students, Inter-Club Council and Fullerton College will host a reception for graduates and guests in the College Center Courtyard.