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Ohlone College graduation ceremony set for tonight in Fremont

By Todd R. Brown, The Argus.

Thursday, May 22, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—A sure sign of summer's approach is the end of the traditional school year, and graduating Ohlone College students are set to attend their commencement ceremony at 7 tonight in the Epler Gymnasium.

About 500 students, ages 17 to 61, will get associate's degrees in the arts and sciences today, according to figures from college spokeswoman Sarah Daniels. Almost two-thirds of those graduating are women. About 300 of the graduates are Tri-City area residents, with about 50 commuting from Milpitas and Hayward.

President/Superintendent Douglas Treadway will deliver his final graduation speech at the ceremony before he retires at the end of next month. The event is being beamed live on the Web at

This year's outstanding alumnus award will go to Peter Hendrickse, a member of South Africa's parliament and the African National Congress political party, once headed by Nelson Mandela.

Hendrickse helped organize the Convention for a Democratic South Africa, which made key progress in the early 1990s toward ending apartheid. He came from South Africa to Ohlone in 1978 and earned an associate's degree in social sciences. In 1979 he was the first international student to be elected president of the student government.

He will not be at the commencement, Daniels said, citing travel costs as an obstacle, but Hendrickse visited the Fremont campus last year.

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