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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fremont, Calif., May 21, 2020—The Ohlone College 53rd Commencement Ceremony will take on a less traditional approach this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual, online ceremony this Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The pre-recorded ceremony can be viewed through the Ohlone College live stream or on ONTV (cable channel 28). The Office of Student Life will be hosting a watch party on Facebook for the Class of 2020.

This year’s commencement will be hosted by Ohlone Community College District President/Superintendent Dr. Gari Browning with speeches by Ohlone’s Interim Director of EOPS Nancy Navarro-Leç​​​a, ASOC President Talha Tariq, and Class of 2020 Valedictorian Ms. Nitya Goyal.

Nitya Goyal, a Fremont resident, is a computer science major and has completed 101 units in six consecutive semesters at Ohlone while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). During her time at Ohlone, Goyal actively served as the vice president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), secretary of the Ohlone Engineering Club, and worked at the tutoring center as an English tutor.

In summer 2019, Goyal was awarded an internship at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center sponsored by the United States Department of Energy in collaboration with the national laboratories. She has been invited back to work on a project for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center this summer. Goyal received acceptance to six universities, including an invitation to be a Regents Scholar at University of California, Santa Cruz. In the fall, she will transfer to the University of California, Berkeley with plans to complete her education and find a job where she can use her degree to solve problems that change the world.

For the 2019/20 academic year Ohlone College will be awarding 1062 Associate of Art and Associate of Science degrees, and 195 Certificates of Achievement. A total of 750 students will be graduating, some with multiple degrees, with many planning to transfer to local and out-of-state universities to further their higher education goals.

The Ohlone Community College District congratulates the Class of 2020!