Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA-The traditional melody of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance will be in the air as friends and family members come to celebrate the 2017 graduates of Ohlone College. As this ceremony marks the 50th graduation for the college, an added sense of significance will permeate the celebration by reengaging with the college's past and looking forward to the future.
As the 2016-17 academic year draws to a close, Ohlone College will be awarding 704 Associate of Art and Associate of Science degrees, and 51 Certificates of Achievement. A total of 582 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 valedictorian at this year's graduation celebration is Mr. Kush Patel, a native of New York who has resided in Fremont since his parents moved here when he was just two years old. From a small cadre of students with straight-A, 4.0 grade point averages, Kush was selected as the graduate with the highest number of completed units. Attending Mission San Jose High School, Mr. Patel shares that he wasn't fully engaged as a student at the time. Enrolling at Ohlone in 2015, he credits the college with inspiring him to turn his life around and express his ideas. He has served as a Senator of the Associated Students of Ohlone College and participated in various clubs and activities. Kush is majoring in Business and has been accepted to the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gari Browning, President of Ohlone College shared, "Mr. Patel's determination and success speaks to the quality of instruction, student support and resources our college provides today and has for the last 50 years. I congratulate Kush and invite him to stay in touch as he progresses in his education and career."
Held in the Fremont campus Epler Gymnasium, the doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. Each graduate is given four tickets which are required for entrance to the event by family members and friends. Additional guests can watch the graduation on a large video screen set up in the Smith Center on campus.
Congratulations Ohlone College 2017 graduates, one and all!