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Commencement 2019: A Red Carpet Event #ComptonGrad

Commencement 2018

The 2019 Commencement Ceremony will take place this evening, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Football Stadium. As part of the festivities, students, faculty and staff, friends and family members are invited to join the Class of 2019 at the "Red Carpet Event" during this year's Commencement Reception at 7 p.m. in the Gymnasium. A custom step-and-repeat backdrop will provide fun photo opportunities for graduates, family and friends. Attendees are invited to take photos and post them online using #ComptonGrad to be included in Compton College's social media channels.

Congratulations to the 626 students who have met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree. In addition, 190 students earned certificates. A list of the names of 2019 associate degree graduates by city is available online here.

Commencement Ceremony Information: http://www.compton.edu/studentservices/studentlife/commencement/

Operation Hope Founder John Hope Bryant to Deliver Commencement Address

John Hope BryantThe keynote speaker for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be Compton College alumnus John Hope Bryant who is founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. This will be the second commencement ceremony at Compton College since receiving initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on June 7, 2017.

Operation HOPE, Inc. is the largest nonprofit provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults. Operation HOPE's purpose is to help all people in the "invisible class" become fully integrated into the nation's economy.

As an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and thought-leader, Bryant founded, created and now leads more than 35 companies and organizations, for-profit, nonprofit and public benefit in North America and globally. He also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of single-family rental homes in the United States; and he is co-founder of Global Dignity, an organization dedicated to uniting everyone with the belief that we all deserve to live a life with dignity.

The last five U.S. presidents have recognized Bryant's work, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. His awards and accolades include: American Banker magazine 2016 "Innovator of the Year," Inc. magazine's "The World's 10 Top CEOs" (honorable mention), one of Time magazine's "50 Leaders for the Future" (1994), and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury.

Faculty, Staff and Managers Commencement Processional Information

The music area patio and Room Y-99/Theater will serve as robing areas for faculty, staff and managers. Participants will be walking on various surfaces during the ceremony and are encouraged to wear acceptable footwear for the ceremony.

Participants must be dressed by 4:45 p.m. and assembled on the walkway north of the Gymnasium, facing the Student Health Center.

At 5 p.m. the faculty line leaders will designate participants for rows one and two by counting every 25 participants to represent each row of seating.

The order of the Processional is as follows:

  1. Faculty Lines
  2. Graduate Lines
  3. Platform Party led by the Superintendent/President of El Camino College and Compton College
  4. President/CEO
    • The Faculty Lines will be led by the presidents of the ECC and Compton College Academic Senates.
    • The Platform Party is coordinated by Compton College's director of community relations.

At 5:30 p.m. the Processional will begin with the playing of "Pomp & Circumstance." The faculty line leaders will lead the Faculty Lines to the ceremony area.

2019 Commencement Student Speaker: Lillian Roman

Associate degree candidate Lillian Roman is honored to be selected as the student speaker for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony at Compton College. Roman is a graduate of St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy, a Catholic high school in Downey, California. She plans to transfer to California State University, Dominquez Hills this fall as a psychology major. She hopes to pursue a future career as an occupational therapist or a speech pathologist for children. She would like to one day open her own community clinic where she can serve low-income families.

Roman's family immigrated to the United States and is the first person in her family to attend college and earn a degree. She says she "feels fortunate to have the encouragement and support of my parents, my younger brother, and my high school sweetheart."

Roman credits her student success to taking full advantage of the many student support services offered at Compton College. During her freshman year, she enrolled in the First Year Experience program where groups of students take the same core classes together in supportive learning communities and a counselor works with students to guide them in taking the appropriate classes for their majors. She also had the opportunity to become a student worker in the Abel B. Sykes, Jr. Child Development Center on campus, which sparked her interest in working with children.

She is thankful for her experience at Compton College. "The welcoming environment created by the faculty and staff at Compton College encouraged me to stay on top of my studies and allowed me to be able to transfer to a four-year university."

Students Honored at Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner

Commencement 2018

Compton College held its annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 14 and recognized the academic achievements of 58 honor students, three Presidential Scholars, and 41 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded to the students totaled $32,100.

The 2019 Presidential Scholars are Ana Ruiz Bonaparte, Armida Ramirez, and Stephanie Arely Zacatares. Presidential Scholars represent students who have shown academic strength, singular focus and the desire to reach their highest potential while overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of their dreams. The Presidential Scholar program recognizes outstanding students who are graduating with a 3.7 grade point average or higher.

Congratulations to all of Compton College's honor students and scholarship recipients!

Read the full story here for a list of honorees and 2019 Presidential Scholar bios.

Spring 2019 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Nurse Pinning

Compton College honored 40 students who graduated with an associate of science degree in nursing at a pinning ceremony on June 4, 2019. The list of nursing graduates is available online here.

CCCD Schedules Special Board Meeting for June 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Compton Community College District Trustees will convene a special board meeting at 11:59 p.m. on June 7 in the Board Room, 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton.

The meeting will commemorate the moment that Compton College will operate as an independent college. At that time, courses for the 2019-2020 school year will be offered under the authority of the Compton Community College District, and going forward, all students earning degrees or certificates at Compton College will be issued a Compton College diploma.

"On behalf of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees, I cordially invite the community to attend this special meeting, and celebrate the end of the transition partnership," said Dr. Deborah Sims LeBlanc, Compton Community College District Board of Trustees president. "We are looking forward to the future of Compton College. Our commitment to representing the interests of the communities we serve will continue to be a priority as we focus on being at the forefront of change and innovation."

The meeting also marks the conclusion of the 13-year partnership between the Compton and El Camino community college districts.

On August 29, 2018, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley issued Executive Order 2018-01 declaring Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees effective June 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. The California Community Colleges Chancellor Executive Order 2018-01 is available here.

The Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved Resolution No. 10-16-2018A at its October 16, 2018 meeting terminating the November 30, 2016 agreement between the El Camino College and Compton Community College districts. The agreement provided educational and related support to residents of the Compton Community College district and assisted the Compton campus with recovery and full accreditation.

The Board Agenda is posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Agendas are posted on the BoardDocs website under the "Meetings" tab at http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/compton/Board.nsf/Public.

President/CEO "Open Hour"

As always, I welcome you to visit my office during my regular "Open Hour" on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.

Thank You for Your Continued Dedication to Students!

Let's make this final week of the 2018-2019 academic year at Compton College a great one! This is my favorite time of year-a special time to celebrate Every Students' Success Story! Thank you all for the hard work you have put in this year and for everything you do to support students in their educational journeys.

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