Cerritos College News Releases 2011

Cerritos College honors graduates at 2011 commencement ceremony


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Graduates at the commencement ceremonyNORWALK, Calif. - May 20, 2011 - Cerritos College honored nearly 700 graduates during its 54th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14. The Cerritos College Board of Trustees and administration presented degrees and certificates earned during the 2010-2011 academic year. 1,911 students are receiving degrees and certificates this year.

Employees of Costco Wholesale were among those honored at the commencement ceremony this year.

Angie Meck, manager at the Mira Loma depot, was looking for retail management program for her staff, and turned out that Cerritos College's Retail Management Certificate FastTrack program was the only program of its kind available in Southern California. Eleven employees of Costco Wholesale from these five locations enrolled in the weekly intensive FastTrack classes.

After successfully completing the three-semester accelerated program, eleven student employees, including Meck herself, traveled 50 miles to celebrate their achievement at the commencement.

Graduates from Costco WholesaleParticipation in the program even provided promotion opportunities to some of the employees, according to Meck.

"It's amazing for all of us to be able to stand here and receive a certificate of achievement today," said Meck.

The Honorable Peter Espinoza, supervising judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court and alumnus of Cerritos College, served as the commencement speaker and inspired graduates to invest in themselves, community, and in those who support them.

"Take time to discover the things in life that bring you peace and contentment," said the Honorable Espinoza.

Judge Espinoza has been a great supporter of the college for many years. He has served on the Cerritos College Foundation board of directors since 2002. In 2004, he and his siblings, all of whom graduated from Cerritos College, founded a scholarship to support aspiring teachers.

Click here to download a copy of the commencement program.
Click here to view the commencement speech script


2011 Cerritos College Commencement Photo Gallery

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.