Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Honoring Students as They Graduate from Ohlone College

Fremont, CA—Ohlone College will hold its 42nd Graduation Commencement Ceremony, honoring numerous students for their achievement at Ohlone, including Eric Dorman as Spring Valedictorian, and Rumiko Nozaki Olson as Outstanding Alumni. The commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 7pm in the Epler Gymnasium at Ohlone College. Doors open at 6pm.

Eric started Ohlone as a home schooled student at age 14. He has accumulated a total of 95.5 Ohlone units with a 4.0 GPA, making him this year’s valedictorian. He continues on the Dorman name, as being the second member of his family to receive this title at Ohlone; his older sister Claire was also awarded with valedictorian two years ago. Along with his great academic record he involved himself in the Ohlone Monitor Newspaper as Staff Writer, Features Editor, News Editor, and for the past two semesters, as Editor in Chief. Eric described his experience at Ohlone and on the Monitor as enjoyable, “and watching new writers develop, was what kept me going through tough classes”. In his future endeavors he plans to major in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, combining his two interest areas, at UC San Diego where he plans to attend.

Rumiko Nozaki Olson (maiden name Rumiko Kojima), attended Ohlone from 1981 through 1983, and will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award at the graduation ceremony. Her extraordinary work with the Japanese ASL Signers Society (JASS), in Tokyo, Japan has earned her this award. Immediately after Rumiko graduated high school in Japan of 1981, she came to the United States and enrolled in Ohlone College. When she graduated from Ohlone in 1983 she decided to go back to Japan where she began to teach ASL to Japanese deaf and hearing students in Tokyo. A couple years later, in June of 1988, she became one of the founders and directors of JASS. The society is a non-profit organization that is dedicated in introducing American Sign Language and Deaf Culture to Japan, helping it spread throughout the Asian continent. Her willingness to help everyone around her has given other disadvantaged students hope, and Ohlone the chance to honor her amazing contribution to society.


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