Cerritos College Scholars' Honors Program recognizes graduates
42 Students complete Honors courses beyond grad requirements
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2011
Media Contact:Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878
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The graduates received bronze medallions for completing the full SHP curriculum of five honors courses while maintaining a 3.0 grade point average in transferable courses.
Honoring the SHP students at the ceremony were the Cerritos College Board President Tom Jackson, Cerritos College Vice President of Student Services Dr. Stephen Johnson, Dean of Academic Success and Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Bryan Reece, Dean of Counseling Dr. Renée De Long Chomiak, Dean of Liberal Arts Dr. Linda Rose, Professors Dr. Linda Palumbo, Dr. Stephen Clifford, Farid Wissa, Peter Maloney, Faculty Senate President Debra Moore, and Evelyn Mattison from Counseling Services.
SHP Director Timothy Juntilla was master of ceremonies. "Students have received acceptances to four-year schools including CSUs, UCs, USC, Columbia University, MIT, Mills College, and Azusa Pacific University" said Juntilla.
Following Juntilla's greetings, medallions were presented to the graduates by Dr. Reece, and certificates by Dr. Johnson.
Those graduating from the program were:
As the ceremony concluded, Juntilla announced the two winners of the fifth annual Juntilla SHP Scholarship. Two outstanding students Joy Tawadrous and Alina Turpin each received a $500 check and a certificate.
"We are truly proud of these remarkable students," said Juntilla. "It has been our honor and privilege to have them in SHP and to add them to our alumni family."
The SHP program is the academic and social home that Cerritos College provides for talented and motivated students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions. Through the SHP program, many students have the opportunity to apply and receive prestigious scholarships. Benefits offered to students by SHP include opportunities for independent research with leading faculty members through the Honors Contract program, small-enrollment honors sections of courses needed for transfer, workshops to help in transferring to four-year schools, and scholarships to selected transfer colleges and universities. For more information on the SHP, visit the program's web page at www.cerritos.edu/shp or contact the SHP office at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2728.
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/.