Fullerton College will celebrate the class of 2019 with more graduates and more degrees applied for than any other year in the history of the college. The 104th Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m. on Sherbeck Field, and marks the fourth consecutive year of growth with 3,729 degrees applied for during the 2018-19 academic year.
“The record number of degrees applied for this year is something we celebrate because the increase in degree applications translates to more students completing their goals and changing the direction of their lives; whether it be moving on to four-year colleges and universities or obtaining a job in their field of study. We are very proud of the commitment our students have demonstrated to complete their educational goals and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at this year’s Commencement,” said President Greg Schulz.
More than 850 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony at Sherbeck Field. Temporary bleachers, chairs and a stage will be installed to accommodate 7,000 people.
A live stream of commencement will be available for families and friends to view at www.facebook.com/fullertoncollege. The live stream will include real-time American Sign Language interpretation. The video will remain available on Facebook. The video will also be fully captioned and posted on the Fullerton College YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/fullertoncollege1913 at a later date.
Cassandra Jasmine Perez Barrios, Class of 2012, will deliver the keynote address. Perez Barrios is a lifelong resident of Orange County. Her family migrated from Mexico in the 1970s to Southern California where she was born and attended public schools in Anaheim including Anaheim High School. She attended Fullerton College in the summer of 2010 and graduated with an associate degree in history in 2012 before transferring to UCLA where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in labor and workplace studies. While at UCLA she served as fundraising chair of Phi Lambda Rho Inc., a Latina and service-based sorority, was a youth ambassador for the Federación de Clubes Zacatecanos del Sur de California, and interned with National Education Association in UCLA’s Washington Program. Perez Barrios has worked on Loretta Sanchez’s U.S. Senate campaign and currently serves as a field representative for Congressman Lou Correa’s 46th Congressional District Office. In this role she also manages the Congressional Internship Program and Congressional Art Competition for the district office, and her free time, volunteers as a confirmation teacher and a mentor. Most recently, Perez Barrios was re-elected as an Assembly District Delegate for the California Democratic Party in the 69th District.
Additionally, Students of Distinction Maceo Coleman and Sandra Ocampo will each provide remarks on behalf of the Class of 2019. Coleman is a member of the Fullerton College Speech and Debate team where he has earned several accolades for his speech on Afrofuturism. This year, he and his teammates participated in the National Speech Championship in Detroit, Michigan where he finished as a quarter-finalist and led the team to be recognized as National Champions in Community College. Coleman plans to continue with speech and debate as he transfers to Arizona State University.
Ocampo began attending Fullerton College in 2016 and will earn four associate degrees this spring including an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Within her first semester at FC, she joined Associated Students as a student representative and served the study body during the 2018-19 academic year as A.S. vice president. During her time at Fullerton College she served as a supplemental instruction leader and embedded tutor for dual enrollment high school students. Ocampo plans to pursue a career in banking, earn an MBA and ultimately own her own business down the line. She has been accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Fullerton but is still deciding where she will attend.
The ceremony will include recognition of outstanding student achievements, retired faculty, and honor the 2019 Teacher of the Year, Geography Professor Aline Gregorio. Gregorio has also been selected as one of Orange County’s Teacher of the Year for 2020 by the Orange County Department of Education.
Following the ceremony, Associated Students, Inter-Club Council and Fullerton College will host a reception for graduates and guests in the College Center Courtyard.
Parking and attendance are both free. Live video streaming will be available on Facebook. Event details are available at http://commencement.fullcoll.edu.