Some 583 Hartnell College students will don caps and gowns on Thursday, June 5, to participate in the 83-year-old campus' 2003 commencement. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the main gym.
A total of 515 students will receive associate degrees; another 68 will receive certificates of achievement. Those participating in the ceremony are summer 2002 and fall 2002 graduates as well as spring 2003 candidates.
Valerie Golden, president of the Hartnell Community College District Governing Board, will confer the degrees.
She also will present posthumously the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Tony M. Teresa, Hartnell graduate who played football for the college and later coached football and baseball at Hartnell. He had an illustrious professional football career, playing for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League and the San Francisco 49ers; Teresa also was one of the original Oakland Raiders in 1960. He died in 1984. The award will be presented to his family, including son Dan Teresa, who followed in his father's footsteps and currently coaches baseball at Hartnell.
Edward J. Valeau, Hartnell superintendent/president, will introduce the class valedictorians who will address their fellow classmates. Valedictorians are Rachel C. Blank, Henry Lee Cho Jr., Belia H. Garcia-Navarro, Tiffany N. Lis and Billiana P. Mailliard, all of Salinas, and Yuka Iwasaki of Bellflower, Calif. Each valedictorian earned a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher.
Musical interludes will be provided by the Hartnell College Community Orchestra, Carl Christensen, conductor.
A reception for graduates, their families and friends will be held following the ceremony in Steinbeck Hall, located in the Hartnell College Center.
For more information about commencement, contact Mary Dominguez, commencement committee chair, at (831) 755-6714.