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Friday, May 17, 2019

Ohlone College to Honor Graduates at 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

Fremont, Calif., May 17—The 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony at Ohlone College takes place on Friday May 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Epler Gymnasium located on the Fremont Campus at 43600 Mission Boulevard. This year the College will be awarding 1,472 Associate of Art and Associate of Science degrees, and 149 Certificates of Achievement.

A total of 820 students will be graduating this year with various degrees, many of whom will be transferring to four-year institutions in California and out-of-state. Ohlone’s youngest graduate of the 2018/19 class is 17 and the oldest is 79 years old.

The College valedictorian this year is Ailin Chen. Chen has been a very active member of the student body at Ohlone since beginning her college career at Ohlone. She completed the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutoring certificate and served as a math and chemistry tutor while maintaining her studies, played cello for the College performance ensemble for three semesters, was an active member of Ohlone’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and served as president for both the Mu Alpha Theta Club and the Ohlone Chinese Student & Scholars Association. In 2018 Chen received the Osher Scholarship awarded by the Ohlone Foundation. This fall, Chen will transfer to the University of California, Berkeley where she plans to study mechanical engineering.

A 2017 Robertson High School graduate, Chen immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 14. During her studies at Robertson, she also participated in Ohlone’s dual enrollment program where she completed eight semesters, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) throughout. She credits Ohlone’s dedicated professors and high-level campus resources in enhancing her educational experience.

This year’s graduation speaker is Mr. Sergio Suarez. Suarez, an Ohlone alumni, adjunct professor for Ohlone’s Theater and Dance department, and the general manager of the Ohlone Tri-City Street Fair, puts community, education, and the arts at the forefront of his life’s mission.

Suarez is a decorated artist and renowned dancer. Through his passion for hip-hop culture and B-boying, he founded the award-winning non-profit All The Way Live Foundation—a registered 501(c)3 that utilizes street dance to empower, educate, and support youth living in marginalized communities both locally and globally. Suarez has received many awards for his community activism including the Alameda County Arts Leadership Award in 2016.

Parking on campus for commencement is free. Guests are asked to park at the South Parking Structure located off of Pine Street. Doors to the Epler Gymnasium will open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is with a ticket only with first-come, first served seating. Those who are unable to find seating are welcome to view the ceremony from the Smith Center’s Jackson Theater, also located on the Fremont Campus.

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