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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
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Communications & Community Relations
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COM Celebrates its 83rd Annual Commencement

Marin Community Foundation CEO will be Commencement Speaker

Kentfield, CA— May 25, 2010 —COM’s 83rd Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the Athletics Complex, Baseball Field, behind the Diamond PE Center, on the Kentfield Campus (PLEASE NOTE: If fields are wet due to unseasonal rain, the ceremony will be held in the Diamond PE Center Gymnasium).

Of the approximately 276 students receiving degrees and certificates this year, about 100 students will participate in the formal ceremony. The youngest graduate is 15 and the oldest is 69 years old. The total number of associate in arts degrees conferred is 152, the total number of associate in science degrees is 95, and the total number of certificates is 57 (some students earned both a degree and a certificate.)    

Frances L. White, Ph. D., Superintendent/President will welcome the graduating class. Nick Chang, vice president of student learning, will introduce the student speaker, Ghazaleh Vargha Najafabadi. Eva Long, Ph.D., president of the Board of Trustees, will introduce the commencement address speaker, Thomas Peters, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation. Chang will present the graduating class. Dr. White and Dr. Long will confer the degrees and certificates. Yolanda Bellisimo, Academic Senate president, will give the closing address.

Guests may arrive between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No tickets are required. For more information, contact Student Affairs at (415) 485-9376 or visit www.marin.edu/commencement/.



About College of Marin
College of Marin has been providing exceptional educational opportunities for students of all ages since fall 1926. The College administration is located in Kentfield, CA.  The College also operates the Indian Valley Campus in Novato, CA.  College of Marin is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

83rd Commencement Program

Musical Selections

College of Marin Music Department
Ian Stahl, College of Marin Music Major
Mike Dickman, College of Marin Music Major
Robert Jakubs, College of Marin Music Major
Jeff Moon, College of Marin Music Major
Griffin Thorne, College of Marin Music Major

Processional
“Pomp and Circumstance” Sir Edward Elgar
College of Marin Symphonic Band
Douglas Delaney, M.M., Director

Opening of Commencement
Yolanda Bellisimo, M.A., Academic Senate President

National Anthem
Adrianna Ibrahim, College of Marin Student

Welcome
Frances L. White, Ph.D., Superintendent/President

Introduction of Student Speaker
Nick Chang, Vice President, Student Learning

Student Address
Ghazaleh Vargha Najafabadi

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Eva Long, Ph. D., President of the Board of Trustees

Commencement Address
Dr. Thomas Peters

Presentation of the Graduates
Nick Chang, Vice President, Student Learning

Conferring of Associate Degrees, Certificates, & Certificates of Completion
Frances L. White, Ph.D., Superintendent/President

Closing of Commencement
Yolanda Bellisimo, M.A., Academic Senate President

Recessional
March from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner
College of Marin Symphonic Band
Douglas Delaney, M.M., Director


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