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Graduates and administrators prepare for ceremony

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Cosumnes River College’s stadium is going to be filled with family members, faculties and administrators congratulating this year’s graduate for their dedicated completion of collegiate work, on May 18.

The 535 students that will be participating at the event will have their picture taken and an opportunity to shake the chancellor and president’s hand on stage as a reader announces their name to the audience.

Once the graduates are able to move the orange tassel on their cap from right to left it will indicate the transition from being a candidate for an associate’s degree to a graduate.

Peggy Ursin outreach specialist and graduation coordinator wanted to say a message to the people that will be walking on stage. Be proud of your accomplishment and your job is literally to pay it forward she said.

“For every person that graduates from here I think owe it to mentor to others and be available to help them to get a college education.”

Crystal Prabo, a 21-year-old, nursing major, who is transferring to Sacramento State in the fall, will be wearing her navy blue cap and gown and participating at the graduation ceremony.

While at CRC she completed her Associates in Science degree in biological science with pre-nursing and her Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts with concentration of science.

“I feel really accomplished and I’m really proud of myself because I’m learning two degrees which took me two years,” said Prabo. “I worked really hard and at this state I can look back and look at all the hard work I did and feel good about it.”

All students expecting to graduate must complete a petition for graduation in the admissions and records office and counseling center by the date published in the academic calendar.

Students may graduate at the end of the fall and spring semester or summer sessions.

This year, Chancellor of Los Rios Community College District Brice Harris, will join the President Debbie Travis and a representative from the Board of Trustees on stage as they will have a chance to say a greeting.

The faculty members will be wearing their full traditional regalia while they escort the graduates to the stadium. Afterwards, snacks and drinks will be served to the guests at the reception hosted by the college’s foundation.

Catherine Lopez-Aguado, a 24-year-old, who’ll be receiving her A.S. degree in veterinary technology will be taking her state license exams after graduation wanted to tell the students that are still in the process of graduating to continue doing their best.

Any student at CRC who is interested may attend the ceremony on May 18 at 7 p.m. located on the stadium.

There is no admission required and there will be free parking as well.

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