Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College recognized its 3,178 associate degree and 3,200 certificate of achievement recipients at its 51st commencement ceremony, which was held virtually this year on Friday, June 12. The ceremony was made available as a live stream so that graduates and their families, friends, and the college community could all watch simultaneously. The ceremony continues to be available for viewing at www.saddleback.edu/commencement.
The live stream included messages from South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees President TJ Prendergast, Chancellor Kathleen Burke, Saddleback College President Elliot Stern, Academic Senate President Blake Stephens, and Associated Student Government President Jake Rybczyk. The event featured a performance by the Saddleback College Choir, who sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and a moving rendition of “Thankful” by Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster, and Richard Page. The commencement website also gave students access to congratulatory messages from the members of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Elliot Stern, President of Saddleback College, stated, “While this year may have been very different from past years, commencement is still a very special time at Saddleback. Our students have wowed me with their hard work and tenacity since the college transitioned to online classes in March. Their accomplishments this year are even more impressive, given what they’ve overcome. I could not be more proud of the Class of 2020 and wish our graduates the very best as they continue their studies and pursue their careers.”
In addition to those who earned associate degrees and certificates, the approximately 3,500 students who will be transferring to four-year colleges and universities in the fall semester were recognized. This year, Saddleback students were accepted to four-year universities including Princeton, USC, and multiple UC and CSU campuses including UCLA, UC Berkeley, San Diego State, and CSU Fullerton.
Saddleback College is one of two colleges in the South Orange County Community College District and is highly regarded for its quality higher education, extensive online education program, and superior career training for the south Orange County community. Each year, Saddleback College adds more than 6,000 degree and certificate holders to the workforce, and transfers more than 3,500 students to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation. For more information, visit www.saddleback.edu.
Published June 15, 2020