College of Marin’s 85th Annual Commencement
College of Marin’s 85th Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. in the Irwin P. Diamond Physical Education Center Gymnasium. Of the approximately 321 students receiving degrees and certificates this year, about 120 students will participate in the formal ceremony. The youngest graduate is 16 and the oldest graduate is 72 years old. College of Marin will be awarding 187 associate in arts degrees, 93 associate in science degrees and 79 certificates. (Some students have earned more than one of the above.)
The Commencement ceremony will open with an address from Academic Senate President Sara McKinnon. Special Assistant to the Superintendent/President Angelina Duarte will introduce the student speaker, Kim Burl. President of the Board of Trustees Diana Conti will introduce the commencement speaker, Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D. The ceremony will close with an address by McKinnon.
Student speaker Kim Burl was born and raised in San Francisco, California and graduated from high school in 1983 from Abraham Lincoln High School. In 1984 she started working at UCSF Medical Center. She began working towards a degree in criminal justice at Contra Costa College, and then transferred to College of Marin where she received her Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice. Burl is transferring to Cal State University East Bay to complete her education and plans to become a juvenile probation officer.
Commencement speaker Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and the Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He is an internationally renowned expert on mental health in ethnic populations.
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Volunteers Needed for the Marin County Fair
Have fun at the Marin County Fair while spreading the word about all the opportunities here at College of Marin! Each year College of Marin staffs an informational booth and volunteers are needed for two- or four-hour shifts June 30 to July 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers receive complimentary admission tickets and will be reimbursed for parking. There are plenty of things to do and see while you are there. This year the theme of the fair is celebrating the rich and varied traditions that have become the foundation for fairs all across the United States.
If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Nicole Cruz with County Fair in the subject area. Please include your available days and times, as well as an off-campus phone number where you can be reached.
May 2012 Data Nugget
Do you know what percentage of 2010-11 COM students rated their educational experience at COM to be excellent or good?
Flex/Professional Development Program Update
Since fall 2012 classes start Wednesday, August 22, the Mandatory Flex Day that includes College Convocation and department meetings will be held Tuesday, August 21. The Professional Development Committee is planning a special program Monday, August 20, to provide information about and celebrate some of our special student populations including our veteran and DSPS students. Plans are in the works to schedule technology training and a strategic plan update on Friday, August 17. If you’d like to submit a request to present a workshop on Friday, August 17 or during the semester, please email Kathleen Kirkpatrick. Information about the August 2012 Flex professional development activities will be sent via campus email and posted on the Staff Development Webpage as details are confirmed.
Reminder: Faculty Spring Flex Verification Forms Due Friday
Flex Verification Forms that document how faculty completed their Spring Flex obligation are due in Human Resources by 5 p.m., Friday, May 25. Flex program information and a downloadable Flex Verification Form can be found on the Staff Development Webpage.
Registered Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony - Tonight
The faculty and 2012 graduating class of the COM Registered Nursing Program will hold their annual Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Physical Education Center, 700 College Avenue, Kentfield. A reception will be held prior to the ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. The traditional Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony is held to observe the completion of the Nursing Education Program and dates back to Florence Nightingale. The pin itself identifies the particular school of nursing that the graduate nurse attended and symbolizes the philosophy, beliefs, and aspirations of the nursing program. The ceremony is a community celebration of the completion of the nursing program and is evidence of the achievement, learning, and skill that the graduate nurse has attained.
Transfer Recognition Reception
The Transfer and Career Center will be hosting its Sixth Annual Transfer Recognition Reception to honor and recognize our students who are transferring to four-year universities. The event will be held Friday, May 25, in the Student Services Building, first floor at the Kentfield Campus. The evening will begin with a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. to formally acknowledge our students, followed by a reception. You are invited to celebrate and honor our students as they make their transition from the college to attain their educational and professional goals. For additional information, please contact Janice Austin or call (415) 485-9671.
Dental Assisting Class Graduation
College of Marin’s Dental Assisting Class of 2012 will be graduating on Thursday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Valley Campus, Main Building 27.
In 1963 he was the first College of Marin alumnus and the first North Marin resident to be elected to the college's board of trustees, and he advocated for the purchase of land for what became the Indian Valley Campus in Novato. He left the board to run for the Novato City Council and was elected in 1968. He served as mayor from 1971 to 1972, and was named Novato's 1976 Citizen of the Year. Gargiulo is survived by daughters, Ellen Gillen and Gayla Probert, both of Novato.
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