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Modesto Junior College plans 90th Commencement
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MODESTO — Modesto Junior College will hold its 90th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in the College Stadium on the East Campus. 

A reception for MJC graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the graduation ceremony in the Student Center Rotunda.  Both the ceremony and the reception are free and open to the public. 

MJC will have awarded 1,157 Associates Degrees to 951 individuals during the 2011-2012 academic year, pending recipients’ successful completion of the spring semester.  Additionally, 319 certificates of achievement will be awarded to 277 students for the 2011-12 academic year.  Approximately 400 of these graduates plan to participate in MJC’s annual Commencement Ceremony.

Addressing the Class of 2012 will be graduating student Paris Player who will give a speech entitled “Surpassing Obstacles.”  Player has earned an AA in general studies with an emphasis in Health and Physical Ed and an AA in Communications.  She is a two-time state champion in Duo interpretation and Prose interpretation and a member of Sigma Chi Eta. In her presentation Player will encourage classmates to continue to pursue their dreams and share first-hand experience in meeting challenges.               

Music by the MJC Combined Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Erik Maki, will highlight the ceremony.  The graduation program will feature the presentation of the 2012 MJC Distinguished Alumni Award to the award-winning casting director, Robert J. Ulrich and leading actor Kim Johnston Ulrich.

MJC graduates and their family and friends are invited to attend the annual Graduation Luncheon on Friday, April 27, at noon in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on West Campus.  The luncheon will feature graduating student Jessica Frey-Dupree as the keynote speaker and will give a speech titled “Over the Mountain.”  Luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance and are available for $12 each in the Pirates Bookstore on East Campus.

Frey-Dupree is receiving an Associate in Arts degree in Human Services and an A.A. in Chemical Dependency Counseling.  She is an active member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society, a volunteer with American Red Cross and the Gospel Mission of Modesto. .

For more information on MJC’s graduation contact the Student Development Office at (209) 575-6700.