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Hartnell College Students to Graduate on Friday, June 4

May 28th, 2004

Some 540 Hartnell College students will don caps and gowns on Friday, June 4, to participate in the campus' 2004 commencement.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the main gym.

A total of 474 students will receive associate degrees; another 66 will receive certificates of achievement. Those participating in the ceremony are summer 2003 and fall 2003 graduates as well as spring 2004 candidates for graduation.

Brad Rice, vice president of the Hartnell College Board of Trustees, will confer the degrees.

Edward J. Valeau, Hartnell president, will introduce the class valedictorians who will address their fellow classmates.

Valedictorians are Luz Barragan of Salinas, Joseph Leahy of Watsonville, and James Osborn of Marina. Each valedictorian earned a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher.

Colly Tettelbach, a 1962 graduate of Hartnell, will receive the college's Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. After Hartnell, she continued her education by obtaining a B.S. degree in nursing, an M.A. degree in nursing education, and an M.A. degree in theology.

She practiced nursing and also was a nursing education administrator at Pasadena City College and Gavilan College in Gilroy before returning to Hartnell in 1987 to serve in several administrative positions, including most recently as director of the college's Regional Health Occupations Resource Center. She retired last year.

Musical interludes will be provided by the Hartnell College Symphonic Band, conducted by Carl Christensen.

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.