Butte College will mark its 47th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m., at the John Cowan Sports Complex, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville.
Butte College President Dr. Samia Yaqub along with the Butte-Glenn Community College District Board of Trustees will preside. Thousands of faculty, staff, administrators, family, and friends will celebrate this significant milestone in the lives of graduates.
A total of 1,690 degrees are set to be conferred, including 816 Associate of Arts degrees, 157 Associate in Arts for Transfer degrees, 585 Associate of Science degrees and 132 Associate in Science for Transfer degrees. Some of this year's graduates are from 13 different countries including South Korea, Mexico, Angola, Japan, China, Sweden, Pakistan, Myanmar, Israel, Serbia, Uganda, Nigeria and the Philippines while others represent over 140 cities within California, and 14 other states.
"Our graduates this year range in ages from 16 to 67. No matter what age, commencement is a great achievement," said Dr. Samia Yaqub, Butte College President. “This is a time to celebrate all of our graduates and we look forward to the exciting potential all of our graduates offer. As graduates embark on the next journey in their lives, I wish them much success in the future.”
Among the top degrees and certificates awarded include Social and Behavioral Science, University Studies, Business Administration, Registered Nursing, Office Administration, Fire Technology, and Administration of Justice.
Some graduates will also be transferring to institutions that include CSU Chico, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Sacramento, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Colorado State University, Portland State University and Vancouver Island University, to name a few.
Butte College's 2016 student commencement speaker is Emily Hall, 18, Paradise, who started taking classes at Butte College at 15 years old. She will graduate with an Associate in Arts Degree in University Studies.
Hall’s commencement speech focused on her college journey at a young age and how it helped her “step outside her comfort zone and seize opportunities to grow and gain new experiences.”
“We are all very fortunate to have the foundation that we have acquired through attending Butte Community College; this school has given us the confidence to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead. Never did I realize that Butte would be the source of so much personal growth and a place where an abundance of opportunities lie. Butte has cleared the veil of uncertainty and revealed to us the assurance that we can go anywhere in life with confidence and walk out successful. This school taught us more than what was in our lectures, it has taught us skills and values that will always be with us,” said Hall. “Because of our experiences here at Butte College, we can be encouraged and optimistic about ending one chapter in our lives and beginning a new one. Although there will be challenges and struggles ahead, we can always look back to where we are right now and know that we can accomplish anything that comes our way. Butte has given us the opportunity to grow and to experience new things and now it’s time to take these out-of-class lessons and apply them to our future.”
Commencement vocalist Jordyn Dollarhide, 20, Chico, will sing the National Anthem. Dollarhide will receive her Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Business Administration and plans to transfer to Sacramento State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree to become an accountant.
Butte’s youngest graduate this year is 16 year old Aline Ingelson-Filpula, who is graduating with an Associate of Science degree in Biological Science and maintains a 4.0 grade point average. Aline started taking classes at Butte while 12 years old. Butte has eight graduates over the age of 60, and one of those participating graduates is 62 year old Alex Deborah Davis who will receive an Associate of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science.
Preceding the ceremony there will be a short musical program presented by Butte College's orchestra under the direction of Shelley Fairchild.
Butte College serves Butte and Glenn Counties, provides classes to roughly 13,000 students each semester, and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).